Worldwide 17 million people suffer from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). Yet this is a conservative estimate, as there are many more who suffer from the disease who have been misdiagnosed and or are told the physical symptoms are psychological. With the moving film Unrest, docimpact is supporting the effort to remove the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding the disease by raising awareness within the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry in Germany.
Jennifer Brea’s Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Often confined by her illness to the private space of her bed, Jennifer connects with others around the globe. Like a modern-day Odysseus, she travels by Skype into a forgotten community, crafting intimate portraits of four other families suffering similarly. Jennifer Brea’s wonderfully honest and humane portrayal asks us to rethink the stigma around an illness that affects millions. Unrest is a vulnerable and eloquent personal documentary that is sure to hit closer to home than many could imagine.