UnrestPoster smallThe Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association is pleased to host a special showing of the Sundance award-winning documentary, UNREST, by Jennifer Brea on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 2 to 4:30 pm at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Doors open at 1:15. The theater is wheelchair accessible. Parking is free and available on street or in the neighboring city lot.

Synopsis: When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot (1 hour and 37 minutes). Watch the film trailer. Limited free tickets for health care professionals and our co-sponsors. Read more below for tickets and other information.

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Ticket Information

  • Tickets available at the Regent Theatre.
  • General: $10; day of show $14 (ticket processing fees will be added; final cost $12/$15).
  • Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association members: $5; day of show $9 (ticket processing fees will be added; final cost $7/$10). Become a member today!
  • People with disabilities and seniors: $5; day of show $9 (ticket processing fees will be added; final cost $7/$10).
  • If you are a health care professional, hospital administrator, medical provider, researcher, scientist or anyone working in or studying healthcare (including health policy, behavioral health, and social work), please register here for a free ticket. Limited number available.
  • Limited free tickets for our co-sponsors. Register now for free tickets.

Please refrain from wearing fragrances as many attendees have chemical sensitivities.

If you need reasonable accommodations, such as wheelchair accessible seating, contact us online or at 617-471-5559.

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About the event

About ME/CFS

ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a chronic, debilitating neuroimmune disease that leaves 28,000 in Massachusetts, 1 to 2.5 million in the U.S. and 17-20 million worldwide, disabled -- often bedridden and homebound for decades. It is a physical disease of unknown etiology. There are no treatments and no cure.

About the film UNREST

Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her Ph.D. at Harvard and is 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, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

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 won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for editing. It has 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), and the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award). It also has a companion VR piece which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.

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