Unrest (2017)

Unrest (2017)

GENRESDocumentary,Drama,History,Romance
LANGEnglish,Danish
ACTOR
Jennifer BreaOmar WasowJessica l e TaylorSamuel Bearman
DIRECTOR
Jennifer Brea

SYNOPSICS

Unrest (2017) is a English,Danish movie. Jennifer Brea has directed this movie. Jennifer Brea,Omar Wasow,Jessica l e Taylor,Samuel Bearman are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2017. Unrest (2017) is considered one of the best Documentary,Drama,History,Romance movie in India and around the world.

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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Unrest (2017) Reviews

  • Blow you out of the water good

    exceedhergrasp2017-01-31

    One of the most compelling documentaries I've ever seen. From moment one ("Princeton Veterinary Hospital") Jen and Omar reel you into the mad, new life Jen's illness has shaped for them. The movie goes beyond educating people about a poorly-understood illness. Instead, it vividly recreates the reality of Jen and the other patients, and it does so with such humor, humanity, and loving-kindness that you feel as though you know all of these people and are deeply invested in their small triumphs. An absolute must for any documentary devotee, and anyone who struggles with chronic illness or is struggling to understand the world of someone who does. I know this is full of superlatives, but I can't help it. Ugly crying was involved when I saw this story, but it somehow manages to be uplifting instead of despairing. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Sad but you don't regret watching it. Fascinating.

    katherinemch2017-10-04

    There were so many times during this film that I cried. It's not just about Brea and her husband; there are several other ME/CFS patients you get familiar with, all unique and relateable people. You get to see the variety of ME life. Not just who they are now but who they used to be when they were free to design their life as they wanted. It's never directly stated but the contrast of old home movies of the patients and voiceovers about scepticism... clearly these people were happy & driven before they got sick. They don't look like people who were headed to a nervous breakdown or other hypochondria. They seem to be energetic, driven, happy people. The idea that ME is a psychosomatic issue is shown to be nonsense. As a spoonie I laughed to recognize a dozen or so "miracle cures" Brea tries that I've tried too. Awkward moments she had that I've had too (and felt like I was the only weirdo on earth to go through it). For anyone with chronic illness it's a validating movie, seeing that we're not alone. I think this movie would be a great way for someone who is acquainted with a spoonie but not close enough to them to see their 24/7 life. Cousins, coworkers, classmates... this could help them understand. I think it would be a great addition to any class on disability discrimination, like to teach medical professionals or social workers to put themselves in the shoes of a sick person. Brea and her guy are a very sweet couple, heartwarmingly devoted. And they're very educated & charming & good looking. It's easy to watch them discuss their life. The message of the film may be a downer but these folks and their friends are so lovable it's actually mostly pleasant to spend the time "with" them. Please don't avoid this movie because you think it will be depressing. It's a fascinating and exciting show, packed with information and very intimate moments. What I was left with was respect for the disabled, desire to see justice for those abandoned by the healthcare system (the research budget for ME is ridiculously small compared to other less life-ruining illnesses!!)... I feel stronger and more motivated to be a good citizen, after watching this. Not depressed, inspired.

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  • Believe her

    paperandbooks-067982017-12-09

    The theme of this film could not be more timely -- an accomplished, strong young woman falls ill with a mystifying malady and suddenly discovers that doctors dismiss her symptoms, misdiagnose the disease, or tell her it's all in her head. Once she deteriorates to the point of being bedridden, she realizes that she has been all but disappeared. Only through social media -- one of the few ways that allow her to remain connected to the world -- does she realize that millions around the world have been rendered similarly invisible. Directed mostly from her bed and including footage of herself shot on an iPhone, this documentary weaves together director Jen Brea's personal story -- centered mostly around how she and her husband, Omar Wasow deal with the way her disease upends their lives -- with those of other patients. Much in the film is shocking and indeed hard to believe. It's hard to believe that some ME/CFS patients (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) suffer from a form of the disease so severe that they must live in darkened rooms, unable to bear light, sound, or touch -- and that some must be fed intravenously. It's hard to believe that patients can be taken from their homes and forcibly institutionalized because health policy in some countries continues to be based on the outdated notion that the illness is psychosomatic. It's hard to believe that an illness so common (an estimated 17-30 million around the world) could be so under researched or so devastating. I could not be more pleased to learn that Unrest has made the short list for the Oscars best documentary category. It's an underdog -- the film got its start through a Kickstarter campaign and has gone from a Sundance audience award, to place on PBS's Independent Lens lineup, to the notice of the Academy. Furthermore, it's directed by a woman of color who is disabled and is speaking on behalf of an extraordinarily disenfranchised group of people similarly disabled by the disease. It's easier to let people disappear, easier to imagine that it will never be you. But it's also #timeforunrest.

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  • Compelling human drama - love story, medical documentary, work of advocacy

    brianvastag2017-10-11

    Jen Brea started making this film while she was bedbound with a terrible - and terribly misunderstood - illness. It took her three years or more, but the finished product is very polished and emotionally devastating - while also offering notes of hope and uplift. The film follows Brea and other patients as they struggle to find sympathetic doctors and caring family members. Jen's story is the main throughline - she hits a low point after doctors tell her she has 'conversion disorder,' and then she begins to find meaning by connecting with other patients online. We see her formulate the idea for a film as she begins talking with other patients. It is a heavy film about a neglected illness - but there are moments of levity and joy sprinkled throughout. At the screening I went to, the audience laughed at appropriate spots. And at the end, a women in the audience stood up and said she finally understood what had been wrong with her for so many years. Getting this film out to medical professionals will help fill the gaps left by medical schools, which do not teach very much, if anything, about the illness known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. The CDC renamed in chronic fatigue syndrome in the 1980's, but as you'll see in the film, that name has done a lot of damage in terms of misperceptions and stigma.

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  • No Longer Silent and Hidden

    marci_sanchez2017-10-11

    No longer silent and hidden, "Unrest" effectively, artistically, and beautifully brings the topic of ME/CFS out into the open for all to see. First-time director and patient Jen Brea presents the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, demonstrating the full reality of this complex disease. The severity and seriousness of the illness is conveyed, along with moments of grace, humor, resilience, and cinematographic artistry. In addition, the trajectory of ME/CFS is historically explained and includes interviews with prominent researchers in the field in order to provide the audience with the scientific underpinnings of the illness. I recommend this film not only for patients with ME/CFS but for anyone who loves the cinema. "Unrest" stands alone on its own merits as an interesting, well-made documentary. It is also enlightening for those who suffer from related illnesses, as the experiences portrayed in the film can be quite similar.

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