November 2, 2017 • 6:00 p.m.
William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building
University of Nevada, Reno
NVCBR and Simaron Research are pleased to bring UNREST, the Sundance award-winning documentary about ME, to our community. We are hosting a screening of this noteworthy film at the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Our hope is to help our community to better understand ME, a widespread disease you can’t see. View the trailer at https://www.unrest.film/trailer
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.
Unrest world-premiered January in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award), the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also has a companion VR piece which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.