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.
|Running time:||93 min|
|Tags:||Before and After Science Hits CPH:SCIENCE|
|Producer:||Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie|
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