"Trichster" - The Documentary
Trichster follows seven individuals, ranging from eight years old to late twenties, as they navigate the complicated emotions surrounding trichotillomania and the effect it has on their daily lives. Whether dealing with family and friends to budding relationships and careers, each is affected differently and have unique obstacles to overcome. Ultimately each must decide how much they allow their disorder to define who they are as people.Trichster is a story of overcoming life’s challenges and finding the inner strength to accept your true self. It is the goal of this documentary to present this disorder honestly and accurately while showing the emotional and human side of each sufferer. By raising awareness both inside and outside the trich community, they are hoping to generate interest and ultimately empower those who are suffering silently to come forward and seek help.
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An estimated fifteen million people in the United States suffer from this disorder, yet it remains unknown to the majority of the public. Trichster aims to normalize this disorder, which often isolates and alienates its sufferers, by showcasing the perspective of those who live with it every day. The director, Jillian Corsie’s inspiration for the film came from a close childhood friend who kept their trichotillomania hidden for a year. As a result, Jillian is using her love of filmmaking as a tool to normalize this disorder and help to prevent sufferers’ feelings of isolation and alienation. The purpose of the film is to spread awareness of the disorder. Many people don't even realize hair pulling has a name, let alone that people suffer from it. Ultimately, it is important to share experiences, to create a community, and shed light on an issue that is surrounded with secrecy and shame.