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.
My brain doesn't work as well as it once did, so I hope you'll forgive me for being blunt. This film has been a remarkable gift for the millions of people suffering from the debilitating and almost entirely ignored disease ME/CFS. It humanizes our suffering in a way that has somehow never been done in film before. And it lays out in very simple terms the decades (or even centuries) of prejudice and ignorance that has marooned us here.
At the heart of the film are the true stories of a handful of people with severe ME/CFS, people trapped in their beds for days or for years, some unable to bear even minimal human contact.
I know this hasn't been the most coherent review...so often people with ME/CFS don't say anything because we can't say it well. Watch the movie, you'll get it.
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