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 robbiez666 on Letterboxd

    Unrest is a powerful documentary about life with ME


  • ★★★★★ review by Luke Stringer on Letterboxd

    Incredible touching and moving film. A very accurate portrayal of what it is like living with ME.

  • ★★★★ 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.

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