“Capturing warm moments and pithy arguments alike, [Jennifer Brea] offers a fascinating window into the toll of the disease on her everyday routine.”
Jennifer, a Harvard PhD student, was signing a check at a restaurant when she found she could not write her own name. Months before her wedding, she became progressively more ill, losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair. When doctors told her it was “all in her head,” she turned her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes bedrooms by M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Unrest tells the story of Jen and Omar, newlyweds facing the unexpected, and the four extraordinary M.E. patients that Jen meets throughout her journey in the United States, UK, and Denmark. Together, they explore how to make a life of meaning when everything changes.