Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever leaving her bedridden and looking for answers.
On behalf of my partner Josephine, a sufferer of more than 15 years, and with the support of RMIT and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) community we present Unrest and hope to discuss the medical discoveries researchers are making in Melbourne and personal accounts of sufferers and carers that are paralleled in the film - Sacha Bryning.
- The screening will start at 2.00pm with a short panel discussion and Q and A to follow.
- Panel guests include:
- Anna Kerr, an activist and ME sufferer.
- Researcher at Melbourne Bioanalytics collaborative focusing on ME/CFS, Bio21 at Melbourne University Chris Armstrong.
- Visiting PhD student in Immunology of ME/CFS at University College London Fane Mensah.
- Journalist and Health Reporter David Tuller has reported extensively on ME/CFS in his investigative series, “Trial By Error”, for the well-regarded science site, Virology Blog.
- Plus guest speaker Professor Neil McGregor ME/CFS, a researcher from Melbourne Bioanalytics.
- Refreshments will be available afterwards.
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers.
Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.
ME is a systemic neuroimmune condition characterised by post-exertional malaise (a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion). It causes dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system.
The effects of ME are devastating enough to leave 25% of patients housebound or bedbound.In many parts of the world, it is commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. An estimated 15-30 million people around the world are suffering from ME.