Premiere Screening of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Documentary 'Unrest'

Thursday 9th November 2017

6:30 pm: Wine, Light Refreshments & Music by Ladybirds

7 pm: Welcome and Film Screening

9-9:15 pm: Panel Discussion with Q & A

Venue: Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West Campus

For tickets, film synopsis & further information:


ME/CFS is a common condition affecting up to 240,000 Australians, a quarter of whom are housebound or even bed bound. Very few health practitioners have seen the range and severity of symptoms, because patients only attend appointments when they are well enough to do so. Unrest brings to the screen the hidden lives of those with the illness and those who care for them.

Not only does Unrest shed light on the realities of living with ME/CFS, it can create a space to engage in important conversations about the impact of any major chronic illness on patients and caregivers. It also inspires providers to think about how they can best support patients confronting diseases for which there are no clear treatments or cures and to reconnect with the reasons they first chose their healing profession.


To learn more about the film, go to
To watch Jennifer Brea’s (Director) TED talk, watched by over 350k people:

To host your own screening:

About Unrest:
Twenty-eight-year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her Ph.D. 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.


Unrest tells the first-person story of Jennifer and her husband, Omar, newlyweds grappling with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. But it is also a global story about an international community of patients with a serious, life-altering illness - millions suffering invisibly and left at the margins of medicine and science.


Unrest world-premiered January in a competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at countless film festivals around the world, including our very own Melbourne International Film Festival, coming Second Place in the People’s Choice Best Documentary Feature.

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