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Unrest (2017) Review

Saturday 16 September 2017


From Cultured Vultures:


Jennifer Brea
Jennifer Brea in UNREST.
(Credit: Jason Frank Rothenberg.)

Unrest (2017) REVIEW

An intimate look at Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in this well-handled documentary.

By Danielle Solzman
September 15, 2017
© 2017 - Cultured Vultures. All Rights Reserved.

Unrest provides an intimate look at Myalgic Encephalomyelitis–better known to people as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Directed by Jennifer Brea, the film was shot over four years through Skype interviews, self-shot footage on her phone, and through hired film crews that could be her eyes on the ground when she was bedridden 24/7.

A student at Harvard at the time, Brea was only 28 when she fell victim to a fever and doctors couldn’t explain what was wrong with her. Naturally, she begins to document her story through video diaries which would soon become Unrest. Eventually, she discovers other people suffering from ME/CFS and decides to interview them and film their stories. She doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life in bed as many diagnosed usually do as those diagnosed are sensitive to light and sound can be excruciating at times.


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