Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.
I don’t normally do reviews but I had to tell you about this film. Even as someone that suffers from Chronic fatigue I can’t imagine or at least I couldn’t imagine, what someone with CFS/ME goes through. Strange? No, because I know what causes my fatigue. My Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, my anti-tnf injections, b12 deficiency they all cause my chronic fatigue but for me it got worse after a bad spell of bronchitis. I had to fight to be listened to when I told my doctor my fatigue was worse, my body felt weaker. Do you know a virus can stay in your body for up to 10 months? Neither did I! He eventually sent me to see a specialist to see if I had Chronic Fatigue syndrome and confirmed that I don’t.
Anyway, Unrest is a fantastic film that has certainly opened my eyes to CFS/ME. Imagine being perfectly healthy then suddenly feeling so I’ll with no explanation. Imagine being told my doctor’s there is nothing medically wrong with you…..but look at you, you can’t walk without having to sit down frequently, noise makes your head feel like its going to erupt, your muscles feel like they are wasting away and are so weak……but yet they can’t find anything wrong!
Jennifer’s battle is one fought by many around the world. I think her campaign is fantastic and this film really makes you feel the suffering, frustration and determination she has to fight. Please watch Unrest on Netflix and help raise awareness, more people need to understand that this illness is not in peoples head.
Here is more from Jennifer.