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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.


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


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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In 2016, Jennifer Brea gave a TED talk in Banff, Canada, the first to be about the condition of M.E. It has been viewed over one and a half million times and translated into 32 languages. See more »


Jennifer Brea: It's always tempting to look at the the past as something strange and distant. And to say "thank God we know better now"
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Spellbinding Masterpiece
11 October 2017 | by sm_hellerSee all my reviews

Unrest is a spellbinding masterpiece of storytelling, art, and social injustice commentary. Filmmaker Jennifer Brea brilliantly combines hypnotizing visuals, captivating music, and interweaving plot threads to engross the audience and masterfully accomplish what every good artwork should: profound and lasting emotion that spurs its audience to think, feel, and act in new ways. Indeed, and amazingly in a single film, Unrest evokes profound sadness, crushing frustration, mad fury, and finally hopeful epiphany that through this film and its social justice campaign, moviegoers can change the world — not just for the benefit of ME patients, but also for the benefit of the world.

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22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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