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 Rachel on Letterboxd

    I never quite understood just how debilitating ME/CFS was before, awfully sad but VERY important doco.

  • ★★★½ review by Erin Harrington on Letterboxd

    NZIFF#9: an impressive feat of making-visible / advocacy filmmaking, and great to see the connection between gender and the treatment of chronic illness examined. Lots of tears. Gave me unhappy flashbacks to my 16 - 18 months on the sickness benefit.

  • ★★★★ 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.

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