Unrest

Jennifer Brea
  • UK, USA
  • 2017
  • 97min
  • DCP
  • Color
  • Korean Premiere
Non-CompetitionDocs Family

Trailer

Screening Schedule

  • 09월 24일 18:20-19:57 상영코드 341 메가박스 파주출판도시 6관 G
  • 09월 25일 15:00-16:37 상영코드 415 메가박스 백석 8관 G LT
  • 09월 27일 20:30-22:07 상영코드 610 메가박스 백석 3관 G
* Unless follwing Subtitle code is marked, all films will have English subtitles.
N None English dialogue without English subtitle
K Korean dialogue without English subtitle
ND No Dialogue

Synopsis

Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. She becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, but doctors tell her it’s "all in her
head." Unable to convey the seriousness and depth of her symptoms to her doctor, Jennifer use the internet, Skype and Facebook to connect to each other—and to offer support and understanding.

Director

  • Jennifer Brea
    Unrest (2017)

Review

Chronic fatigue syndrome is an invisible disease. The patients are often misunderstood as having mental issues or illnesses as it is hard to convey their sense of weakness, powerlessness, and dreadful fatigue. Patients diagnosed of this syndrome feel relieved and even happy at times because they have been confirmed as sane, and because they now have a name for their pain. Jennifer Brea, the director, explains the reason why she filmed herself crawling on the floor: “I thought someone had to see this.” Though things may not have been clear the first time she pressed the camera button on her iphone, she must always have known. That is a matter of survival at stake, for her to make this illness visible. Just like those people who tried to prove the existence of ghosts by placing cameras in all corners of rooms, she films this to prove that her disease and herself undergoing this disease, exists. The camera eventually becomes an instrument connecting patients. Those who were swallowing their pain in solitude meet through Youtube and Skype to become a community.
Living with a disease is not only about struggling with the causes or symptoms of that illness. It also means protesting against the wrongful stories the society imposed upon that disease. This film, a record of the effort to visualize an illness, by a director who is going through this powerless state of ailment, allows us to 'see' that making one’s own story and making one be heard can be a way of enabling life. [May]

Credits

  • Director  Jennifer Brea
  • Producer  Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias
  • Editor  Kim Roberts, Emiliano Battista

Distribution / World Sales

  • Contribution & World Sales  THE FILM COLLABORATIVE
  • Phone  1 323 2078321
  • E-mail  jeffrey@thefilmcollaborative.org
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