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Flying Anne

21 minutes

Anne is 11 and has Tourette’s syndrome. She also has a great love of life

Catherine van Campen’s film follows 11-year-old Anne through the long and willful days of childhood as she reflects on her hopes and fears. Unlike most other 11-year-olds, however, Anne has Tourette’s syndrome, which manifests itself in involuntary tics and urges. The film is an affecting portrait of growing up different at an age of trying to fit in.

Director: Catherine van Campen

Producer: Joost Seelen

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Essay/
Gender & Sexuality
Transitioning

Individual transgender lives track a wider cultural history of surgery, hormones and revolutionised gender identities

Randi Hutter Epstein

Essay/
Old Age & Death
Die like a dog

Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can’t we do the same for humans?

Joseph Pierre