Directed by Jennifer Brea

When Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s "all in her head." Determined to live, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story—and four other families' stories—fighting a disease medicine forgot.


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  • ★★★★ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd

    Super-solid start to the festival. Documentary about the director's life with ME/CFS. Really moving piece about mourning the life you thought you would have/building a new life, as well as a solid examination of how gender plays into funding/treatment of disease. Very intimate (especially the portrayal of her marriage), and beautifully edited.

  • ★★★★ review by tia on Letterboxd

    MIFF 2017 FILM #9

  • ★★★★½ review by Jeff Youngstrom on Letterboxd

    Full disclosure: my wife suffers from the condition depicted in this documentary (ME/CFS). That said, Brea has made an engaging and kind film about a disease that is widely misunderstood and maligned. The fact that she crafted the film while suffering from the disease which destroys your energy and ability to focus is kind of miraculous to anyone who is familiar with its effects. It would be well viewed in conjunction with Forgotten Plague which spends more time on the technical details. Brea's film is more about the personal impact and the terrible treatment victims receive at the hands of medical practitioners.

  • ★★★★ review by SChamberlain on Letterboxd

    Jennifer Brea is suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome - so she makes a documentary about it, mostly from her bed. She interviews other sufferers, mostly over Skype and in darkened rooms. An impressive insight into a debilitating, and hidden, illness.

  • ★★★★★ review by Jane_Marple on Letterboxd

    Very important documentary. Highly recommended!

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