#TimeForUnrest is a global campaign to grow and strengthen the global movement for equal recognition, education, research, and funding for ME.
Take action now by signing our petitions calling
for more research and funding for ME!
FUND M.E. IN THE US
If you live in the United States, sign our petition calling on the US National Institutes of Health to allocate more funding to ME.
A WORLD OF GOOD
If you want to move your government to action, sign our global petition calling on your government to formally recognize ME and sufficiently fund research.
Use these template letters to send a message to your MP and demand action now. Continue scrolling to find a GP template.
HOST A SCREENING
Bring Unrest to community centers, schools, churches, libraries, universities, medical schools, hospitals, clinics, biotech companies, and government institutions!
If you are interested in bringing the film to your community or campus, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch shortly!
For US and worldwide screenings, contact Carla Fleisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-688-4488.
Host an UNREST House Party
Thinking about what you can do to encourage more people to see UNREST, learn more about ME/CFS, and ACT?
With the broadcast of Unrest on PBS/Independent Lens (USA), the time is now to share the film with friends, colleagues, and family members that don’t know much about ME/CFS or want to know what else they can do. The Time for Unrest campaign is hosting a worldwide house party program the full WEEK of the PBS broadcast (January 5, 2018 to January 14, 2018)! There will be many ways for you to watch throughout the week. Host a house party, talk to your friends and family, and inspire them to advocate for ME.
In the US, Unrest will appear on PBS/Independent Lens on January 8th 7PST/10EST - and will be available to stream for free on the PBS website from January 9th. Plus, we have multiple other ways for you to get a copy of the film to screen, both inside and outside of the US [digital platform and DVD/Blu-ray].
Interested in hosting a House Party? Sign up below and someone from our team will be in touch soon. It’s Time for Unrest!
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Unrest tells the first-person story of Jennifer and her husband, Omar, newlyweds grappling with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. But it is also a global story about an international community of patients with a serious, life-altering illness — millions suffering invisibly and left at the margins of medicine and science.
Unrest world-premiered January in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), and at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it won the Wellcome Trust’s Illuminate Award for "vibrant and innovative filmmaking inspired by scientific understanding." Unrest also has a companion virtual reality piece, which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.
In September 2017, Unrest launched theatrically in cities across the US and UK and Australia, along with a global impact campaign, Time For Unrest, which aims to increase awareness, education, research and funding around ME. The campaign consists of community screenings to engage doctors, students, scientists, policymakers, and leaders in biotech & pharma around the world. In the US, the film will air on PBS's Independent Lens in January 2018.
We want to bring new scientists into the field, inspire a new 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.
Help us bring Unrest to medical schools, leading research institutions, and communities around the world.
To make a tax-deductible donation
If you are a U.S. taxpayer and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check out to our fiscal sponsor: Utah Film Center, 50 W Broadway, Suite 1125, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Put “Unrest” in the subject/for line of the check.
UK taxpayers can choose to gift-aid their donation, thanks to our UK fiscal sponsors, Doc Society. If you do choose to gift-aid your donation, UNREST will benefit from an additional 25% of its value.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
Australian taxpayers can make tax-deductible donations, thanks to the Documentary Australia Foundation. You can donate online here.
If you are interested in making a larger investment or have any questions, please do get in touch.