Phoebe in Wonderland

After her peculiar drama teacher Miss Dodger casts her in the play, Phoebe struggles to control her behavior so her principal will allow her to continue being in the play.  As Phoebe’s stress mounts, her behavior grows worse, creating intense pressure on her parents Hillary and Peter. Hillary, who already feels a failure in both her personal and professional life, desperately tries to understand and help her daughter. But this connection proves elusive as Phoebe begins retreating to an imaginary fantasy world peopled by characters from Alice in Wonderland, a world which grows increasingly disturbing and treacherous.

Phoebe in Wonderland played at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival in the Closing Night Event.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

How is Phoebe’s experience living with Tourretes Syndrome in every-day-life similar to Alice’s journey through Wonderland?

Although Phoebe doesn’t have support and understanding from many of her peers or teachers, there is one teacher who supports her. Do you believe that Phoebe has the same support from Ms. Dodger as she has from her mother? How do these women treat Phoebe similarly? In what ways do they treat her differently?

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