Unrest: The Film

This week, I was invited to the press screening on Unrest at the BFI.

This beautifully hauntingly and powerful documentary looks at M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It tells the story of Jennifer Brea who was working on her PhD at Harvard and about to marry when she suffered a series of sudden viral infections that left her incapacitated. 

Bedbound, often in excruciating pain, and frustrated that medicine seemed to have little to offer, Brea began looking for answers.  Turning a camera on herself and others with ME, she discovered a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms.

Watch the trailer below.

*An estimated quarter of a million people in the UK live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Despite its often devastating impact, they often struggle with stigma, as well as lack of access to appropriate care.

Unrest premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Special Jury Award for editing.  In the UK it won the Illuminate Award in partnership with Wellcome at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.  

This a must-watch film that offers a real insight into this debilitating disease that the scientific community is still trying to figure out and cure.

Unrest is released 20th October 2017 at Picturehouse Central plus 10 venues nationwide. 



Natalie is the founder and editor of Balanced Being. She is also an Ambassador for beat, the UK's leading eating disroder charity. Natalie provides wellbeing content and wellness reviews to the site.

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