An invisible illness revealed through film; a personal journey from patient to protester.
Jennifer Brea’s Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer is twenty-eight years-old, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it’s “all in her head,” she picks up her camera as an act of defiance and brings us into a hidden world of millions that medicine abandoned.
We are pleased to announce that the Unrest screening Saturday 16 March will now feature a post screening Q&A with BGAC Film Programmer Tara Brown and disability rights activist Theresa Heath. Theresa Heath is a film academic and producer of Wotever DIY Film Festival and events. She is currently researching queer film festivals for her PhD thesis and curating accessible film events exploring intersections of disability and queerness.
Often confined by her illness to the private space of her bed, Jennifer connects with others around the globe. Like a modern-day Odysseus, she travels by Skype into a forgotten community living with ME/CFS community, crafting intimate portraits of four other families suffering similarly. Jennifer Brea’s wonderfully honest and humane portrayal asks us to rethink the stigma around an illness that affects millions. Unrest is a vulnerable and eloquent personal documentary that is sure to hit closer to home than many could imagine.
“riveting……equal parts medical mystery, science lesson, political advocacy primer and even a love story.” (San Francisco Chronicle)