Film / TVHealth

‘unrest’ documentary is a gorgeous love story highlighting the struggles of chronic fatigue syndrome

August 30, 2017
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Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film, and it’s recent grantee, UNREST is changing that landscape in a big way. Directed by Jennifer Brea, UNREST follows her story as she is diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, just months away from her wedding.

“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,” reads the synopsis. “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. Unrest is, at it’s core, a love story. How Jen and her new husband forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.”

UNREST premiered in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing, and has since screened atSxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), and the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award).

Check out the trailer for the award winning film below!

UNREST is in US theaters September 22 and UK theaters October 20.