They have two separate bodies but are literally of one mind. The Schappell sisters, Reba and Lori, are conjoined twins (more commonly referred to as Siamese twins). Joined at the forehead, they face in opposite directions, and have lived this way for over 35 years. FACE TO FACE is an extraordinary portrait of the Schappell's life, from the 24 years they spent institutionalized to their struggles adjusting to society in the time since they were released. In intimate interviews, they talk about their hopes and dreams and the prejudice and fear they face everyday. Yet they also reveal why they would never want to be separated, despite the existence of medical technology that would make it possible. Perhaps most fascinating is other people's reactions to the twins. In a society that supposedly champions originality and those who are unique, the existence of the Schappell sisters challenges assumptions and beliefs. This is made patently clear as we follow the twins on a trip to New York. They scare us, they intrigue us, they force us to think about what we define as beautiful, tragic and heroic.
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