Boston Area Screening of UNREST
Sundance and Boston Globe (GlobeDocs) Award-Winning Documentary: A Love Story and a Medical Mystery
Complimentary tickets for pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals & students
Click the red “Health Register" button here: www.masscfids.org/news-events/682-unrest
Spread the word. We hope you can attend UNREST, an important film event in the Boston area. The film trailer is here.
About the event
This is a select screening of UNREST, an Oscar contender and Sundance award-winning documentary about ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome), a chronic, multi-systemic disease that affects 1 to 2.5 million Americans, many of whom spend decades bedridden and homebound. There are no FDA-approved treatments for ME/CFS patients, 75% of whom are women.
The event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Women’s Division of Health at Brigham and Women’s and over a dozen other healthcare, academic, arts, disability and women’s organizations.
The post-film panel is moderated by WBUR/NPR’s Deb Becker, Senior Correspondent/Host.
“When Harvard PhD 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.”
Free tickets for healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals
Recent events suggest this would be a good time for pharmaceutical companies to get involved in ME/CFS: In a September press release, NIH announced it is funding three new collaborative research centers and a data management center for the disease; the National Academy of Medicine released a ground-breaking report on ME/CFS; and a Phase 3 clinical trial is being wrapped up in Norway. For your free ticket, click the red “Health Register” button here: www.masscfids.org/news-events/682-unrest
The panel includes an ME/CFS advocate who is retired after a 31 year career in the pharmaceutical industry; a scientific researcher from Mass General Hospital; a medical professional experienced with treating ME/CFS; and a women’s health advocate who has ME/CFS.
This film is beautifully made, winning awards and securing national media attention, including NPR’s Science Friday, Cosmopolitan magazine, the Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and PBS's Tavis Smiley. The San Francisco Chronicle said: "Riveting……equal parts medical al mystery, science lesson, political advocacy primer and even a love story."
More about UNREST
- Film trailer here
- Event flyer here
- Purchase tickets here
- Spread the word on Facebook (event page)
- Film description: Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.” This film is an intimate, artful and unflinching look at severe chronic illness and, ultimately, a study on love and compassion. It invites scientists and the public to ask new questions, and medical providers to reflect on how they can best support patients and caregivers grappling with any lifelong illness for which there are no clear answers.
Join the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a free screening of UNREST.