What does the rise in the diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and other mental illnesses since the 90s have to do with the efficiency-driven and dumbed-down civilisation in which the grid of normal is becoming ever narrower? Are ADHD drugs the doping of the performance society? And who actually determines what is normal and what is not?
With five different female ADHD sufferers, SICK GIRLS gets to the bottom of these questions and gives insight into the personal difficulties of living with ADHD. The director Gitti Grüter themself examines the own ADHD and interacts with their protagonists partly in front of and partly from behind the camera, addressing chaos, lack of concentration, relationship problems, addiction, depression, insomnia and impulsivity. Gitti builds a bridge between the hardships and joys of the affected women and a society that blows back at them in the form of stigmatisation and stereotyping of the feminine and desolate.
Through its cinematic devices, SICK GIRLS gives the audience a momentary sense of having ADHD and digs into the social contexts of this "anomaly”.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
SOUNDENGINEERING & SOUNDDESIGN & MIXING
VALERIIA KHAZAN & FELIX RÖMER
NORMAN BERNIEN & LUNA SELLE
COMMISSIONING EDITOR (ZDF)
DANIEL REICH & CHRISTOPH HOLTHOF
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH
ZDF - DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL
FILMUNIVERSITÄT BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF