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. -This is the official film description for Unrest on RottenTomatoes.com Image Source: YouTube.com
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Movie Reviews of Unrest Documentary
“It’s a film that’s remarkably intimate, deeply edifying and a stirring call to action.” -The Los Angeles Times, Katie Walsh
“It powerfully insists on giving a voice to victims whose greatest challenge, apart from their symptoms, is surmounting a world of indifference.” -The New York Times, Daniel M. Gold
“Unrest is an unflinching look at a disease that overwhelms both the stricken and the medical community. Brea gives viewers a first-person look at the harsh realities of CFS.” -The Daily Dot, Eddie Strait
Review by Rachel Avalon Like Crazy Sexy Cancer, the award-winning documentary Unrest is centered on its brave and unrelenting filmmaker. Jennifer Brea, living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), brings the audience into the harrowing reality of this disease and the need for better medical understanding and cultural support. Beautifully directed and full of humanity and inspirational activism, Unrest is a story of love, life, connection, and health.
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