Unrest (2017)


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Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a PhD program at Harvard, Brea manifested a mysterious cluster of symptoms, including extreme weakness, fatigue, full-body pain and mental confusion. After being dismissed by doctors, she discovered a community of patients similarly struggling with the mysterious disorder after making videos from her bed about her situation and posting them online. The documentary includes interviews with Brea, as well as her Skype interviews with other isolated patients who are similarly bedridden and struggling to make sense of how their lives have permanently changed.

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[Jennifer] Brea builds up a multifaceted portrait of the condition and the toll it takes.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a film that's remarkably intimate, deeply edifying and a stirring call to action.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Jennifer Brea has ME herself, and she structures the film around footage from her own video diaries; these excerpts personalize the medical lesson and give the film an emotional core.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

This is jaw-dropping stuff, made more profoundly disturbing by the fact that so little is known about the disease.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It powerfully insists on giving a voice to victims whose greatest challenge, apart from their symptoms, is surmounting a world of indifference.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie delivers a striking degree of emotional authenticity with its home footage, allowing it to become more about its central couple's resilience than the hardships that tests their bond.

Jan 27, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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