Twisted

Twisted

Twisted

Twisted

Twisted

Twisted

Laurel Chiten's film looks at an uncommon neurological disorder and its effects on herself and fellow-sufferers as they seek treatment for a condition that even the medical profession does not claim to fully understand.

At the age of 17, Laurel was involved in a terrible car accident. Months later, her neck began jerking out of control, but several years were to pass before her condition was correctly diagnosed.

Doctors finally figured out that Chiten had dystonia, a disorder that interrupts the chain of command between brain and body, forcing the muscles to twist into abnormal and often painful movements or postures. Chiten's narration connects the stories of three other dystonia sufferers.

Pat Brogan, a basketball coach and triathlete who developed dystonia after a bike accident, saw some improvement in his condition after risky experimental surgery but continues to face a constant battle.

Shari Tritt, whose dystonia affected her whole body, underwent surgery as a child which left her unable to speak properly. Sadly, she died in June 2010.

Remy Campbell is an artist who decided to undergo a risky experimental surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation, in which electrodes are implanted in the brain to control and monitor cerebral activity. The treatment appears to have been successful.

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