Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

UNREST

 

Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 97 minutes

UNREST

Jennifer Brea was completing her Ph.D. at Harvard University when an unexplained fever of 104 degrees triggered a spiral into profound weakness and cognitive impairment. Soon she was bedridden, and nobody could help or diagnose her. So she began documenting her struggle. It was discovered she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a disease derided as nonexistent or the Yuppie Flu by a sometimes fumbling medical community. Jennifer and her fiercely loyal husband Omar do not fumble. From her bed Jennifer began to organize and film a global network of fellow CFS patients. These brave and wonderful individuals challenge a world of misconception, incompetent research, and public stigma. They put a human face on a still baffling illness and attempt to light fires under doctors who long thought this was all just in their heads and hysteria. UNREST follows Jennifer and her international network as they offer support and raise awareness through education and visibility. Hers is an amazing project we cheer along to as it evolves from heartbreaking to heroic. —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Writers
Jennifer Brea, Kim Roberts

Director
Jennifer Brea

Jennifer Brea is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has an A.B. from Princeton University and was a Ph.D. student at Harvard University when her illness struck. She is a Sundance Fellow and has been supported by Sundance's Documentary Edit and Story Labs.

Filmography
UNREST (2017)

Producers
Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias

Cinematography
Sam Heesen, Christian Laursen

Editing
Kim Roberts, Emiliano Battista

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