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Jennifer Brea, 93 min

United States, 2016


Chronic fatigue syndrome: Can we explain it in biomedical terms? A woman's film diary portraying the struggle for recognition in a divided medical world with threads all the way to Denmark!

While working on her PhD dissertation at Harvard University, Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. As Brea becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, she and her husband begin video recording their everyday life to show the extent of Brea’s symptoms. Eventually Brea is diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. What are the causes behind this condition? Science is getting closer to a biomedical understanding of an illness that some still believe is 'all in the head.' Covering cases from the United States, UK and even Denmark, Brea goes on a journey to try to understand a mysterious condition, and to fight for medical reforms — including in Denmark.


Date Time Location

Fri. 17/03


Nordisk Film Dagmar
Q&A with director


Sun. 19/03


With debate


Fri. 24/03


Nordisk Film Palads


International Premiere
Director: Jennifer Brea
Original Title: Unrest
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Running time: 93 min
Dialogue: English
Tags: Before and After Science Hits CPH:SCIENCE
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Producer: Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie
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