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Jillian Corsie

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About the Movie

Rebecca is a young woman who has been bald for three years. Sophie has not been able to expose her legs in public since she was twelve. Valerie went thirteen years before she learned she had a disorder. What they have in common is trichotillomania (trich), a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior which causes them to repetitively pull out their hair. Trichster follows seven individuals as they navigate the complicated emotions surrounding their hair pulling and the effect it has on their daily lives. Every sufferer deals with this little known disorder differently. One trichster struggles with revealing the extent of her disorder to her family, another posts deeply personal videos to thousands of followers, while yet another has learned to comfortably talk about it with her sister. This documentary aims to normalize trich by showcasing the first-person perspective of those who live with it every day. Crafted from over 350 hours of footage shot on Canon 5D cameras, YouTube videos, and personal video diaries, Trichster offers viewers an intimate look at a private disorder. These trichsters struggle to understand why they pull and how they can recover. The disorder is an ever-present part of their lives following them through family dinners, school projects, starting careers, and building relationships. By telling their stories, we hope to be the first step toward starting a larger conversation about trich and other body focused repetitive behaviors, thereby empowering those who are suffering silently to come forward and seek help.

Customer Reviews


I've watched "Trichster" at least four times now at festivals and screenings and I like it better each time. It is an absorbing and rich portrayal of the experience of living with trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) but is also full of quiet moments of truth - where I find myself smiling and thinking, isn't that just so human! I highly recommend it whether you have a personal interest in hair pulling and skin picking disorders or not.


Trichster is a highly compelling documentary about the most common mental health disorder you've never heard of, Trichotillomania!! It is both informative and interesting. The individuals Trichster follows are easily relatable and inspiring as they try to overcome and cope with this disorder. I highly recommend Trichster to anyone interested in psychology or human behavior!! Check Trichster out and help to de-stigmatize this disorder which has caused shame and silent suffering for so many!!

Beautiful and honest

As someone who didn't know what BFRBs were until last year, I am grilled so see this documentary finally out. Rebecca Brown is one of my favorite youtubers and I always look forward to her videos. Because of her, I found out what these issues were and that it wasn't something that just affected me. When she informed me of this documentary coming out, I couldn't wait to see it. The film is so lovely, telling the story from multiple perspectives of those who have Trich, showing that anyone can have this. All of the facts stated are spot on, and everyone's stories are so sympathetic. I am so happy with this purchase, and happy that BFRBs are being brought to the publics attention. Please give this a watch and share with everyone for an educating and eye opening experience!

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