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"Someone should see this"

Unrest
Regissør: Jennifer Brea
(USA)

In her personal account of what it is like to live with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME), director Jennifer Brea uncovers the public aspect of her private and passive state.

“I know you've said to yourself that if you really couldn't get up, why would you film it? Well, I kind of think someone should see this. ”We hear Jennifer Brea's voice speak these words slowly and with great effort, observing from an uncomfortably close position how she is in vain struggling to rise from the floor.

In this intimate and biographical documentary, the independent filmmaker tells of an enigmatic illness that has bound her to bed. When she was twenty-eight years old and working on her doctorate at Harvard, she met the love of her life, but only a few months before the wedding she got a fever that made her fall asleep. The doctors told her "it's just imagination", but the condition only got worse. That's when she picked up her camera. The story she tells is a personal account of her unique life experience. "I don't want to die at all, but at some point it's hard to call it living."

More than 85 percent of all ME patients are women.

ME. . .

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Melita Zajc
Zajc is a media writer, researcher and film critic. She lives and works in Slovenia, Italy and Africa.

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