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Your brain is a station with millions of channels. One faulty signal and you can't control your body anymore. The problem is, no one knows which channel. And for people with dystonia, the search for the right signal puts them on the front line in cracking the code of the brain.

When she was 17, independent producer Laurel Chiten hopped in a friend’s car and woke up in an ambulance. Months later, her head began to twitch. But it was more than 20 years before she was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called dystonia.

Now she leads us on an almost science fiction-like trip to the frontier of medicine. And into the mystery of who we are.  Skin deep. Brain deep. Neuron deep. Or something even deeper?

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In TWISTED, Chiten’s narration connects the stories of Pat Brogan, a basketball coach and triathlete who developed dystonia after a bike accident; Shari Tritt, whose dystonia affects her whole body, and Remy Campbell, an artist who gambled on a radical form of brain surgery—and won. The film also includes pianist Leon Fleischer and NPR talk show host Diane Rehm, who both battle dystonia.

Together, these individuals try to answer the question, when you are trapped inside your body, what will set you free?







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