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 Sean Kelly on Letterboxd

    Here's hoping that Unrest decreases the stigma attached to chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Blog Review: www.skonmovies.com/2017/05/hot-docs-2017-unrest.html

  • ★★★★ review by Joe Baker on Letterboxd

    While the film does open out into other cases of ME-CTS, director Brea is never too far removed from the center, providing an emotional foundation to the film. Watching some of her more private moments, with the camera poised inches from her face, almost become too personal to bear. As Brea describes the invisibility she and so many other sufferers feel, Unrest is a first person testimonial that bravely speaks for all the invisible.

    thoughts from 2017 DIFF at Dallas Film Now.

  • ★★★★ review by Roman Rangel on Letterboxd

    Por muchos años, el síndrome de fatiga crónica se consideró un padecimiento psicosomático ya que no presentaba efectos biológicos durante los múltiples análisis que se realizaron de sus pacientes. Con ello, también se especuló que quizás era resultado de un trauma suprimido o, peor, que quizás era fabricado. Cabe mencionar que a la fecha no existe cura.

    ‘Unrest’, similar al documental ‘Gleason’ del año pasado, es una cinta que nos lleva de la mano de un paciente que registra su vida diaria y los altibajos que presenta al lado de su pareja. Además, nos introduce a otros casos similares (que incluyen a una joven paciente que fue obligada a ser internada en un hospital psiquiátrico sin el consentimiento de sus padres). Este es un valiente e importante documental.

  • ★★★½ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd

    Rare, extremely good issue documentary - fascinating insight into ME/CFS.

  • ★★★½ review by Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd

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