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When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herself
Omar Wasow ... Himself
Jessica l e Taylor ... Herself
Samuel Bearman ... Himself
Ruby Taylor ... Herself
Colin Taylor ... Himself
Kate Taylor ... Herself
Paul Cheney ... Himself
Lee-Ray Denton ... Herself
Casie Jackson ... Herself
Darwin Jackson ... Himself
Randy Denton ... Himself
Jessica Harden ... Herself
Annabel Jackson ... Herself
Sawyer Jackson ... Himself


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 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.

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22 September 2017 (USA)  »

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Canary in a Coal Mine  »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,607, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,081, 12 October 2017
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Jennifer Brea was a PhD student at Harvard when she suddenly got sick, ultimately becoming bedridden. See more »


Omar Wasow: If I can talk to you - If I can hold you tight - I'm good.
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Disappearing in a wrong story
14 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

What does it feel like, when the whole world as you know it, slowly disappears, because of a devastating illness? What if you change from a promising PHD-Student into someone who cannot brush their own teeth anymore?

And what if not only the world disappears, as you can't take part on life anymore, but you as a person disappear as well, as you are not seen and not heard anymore.

It is devastating.

And most of all it is devastating, because people with ME are disappearing in a story that is not true. So many myths, wrong stories and non-scientific believes have been communicated by medical Dr.´s and media in the last decades, that they started to believe them theirselves. And where science has proved ME to be a physical disease over and over and over again, still the story is told that ME is a psychological phenomenon, in which people are sick because they think they are sick.

In this way millions of people are belittled, harassed, neglected and humiliated. Millions of very ill people are treated this way, as most don't have the ability to stand up for themselves. ME its the last taboo of modern history. And this taboo must be broken.

And this is what Jennifer Brea in ´Unrest´ does. She stands up for all those Millions Missing. She stands up against one of the cruelest stories of our time. And she does this in an overwhelming, emphatic and loving way.

This is a story that must be told. But even more: this is a story that must change.

Dying of severe disease is not the worst thing that can happen, disappearing in a wrong story is the thing that is really killing you.

Watch this film, understand what this film is about and than go out of your house and look around.

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