Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors and determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

"STIRRING"

Indiewire

"A REVELATION AND A CALL TO ACTION"

Salt Lake City Tribune

"an affecting film"

Hollywood Reporter

"A HIGH-GRADE EXAMPLE OF THE FORM"

Variety

 

FILM

Unrest is made by an award-winning team and is supported by the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Harnisch Foundation, BRITDOC's Good Pitch, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Fledgling Fund, IFP, and over 2,593 Kickstarter backers. It premiered in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. In the US, it will be broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in early 2018.

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Unrest VR is an interactive non-fiction experience inspired by Jennifer Brea’s feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award). An immersive journey into Jen’s experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, the project contrasts the painful solitary confinement of a bedroom world with the kinetic freedom of an inner dreamscape. When you’re too sick to leave your bed, where do you go?

Unrest VR will premiere in the Virtual Arcade at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Impact Campaign

This fall, we are launching a global campaign to bring Unrest to medical schools, leading research institutions, and advocacy communities around the world.

We want to bring new scientists into the field, inspire a generation of doctors, and grow a vibrant community of patients, caregivers and allies to end the stigma and the misconceptions and accelerate the search for a cure.

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TED Talk

Jennifer gave the highest-rated talk at the 2016 TED Summit in Banff, Canada, the first ever TED Talk about ME. It launched in January 2017 and has been viewed more that 1 million times and translated into more than 25 languages.

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What is MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS? 

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a systemic neuroimmune condition characterized by post-exertional malaise (a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion). It causes dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system. The effects of ME are devastating enough to leave 25% of patients housebound or bedbound.

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