‘Unrest’ to be screened at PWPL
MARQUETTE — A screening of “Unrest,” a Sundance award-winning film by Jennifer Brea, will be held at The Peter White Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a systemic neuroimmune condition characterised by post-exertional malaise (a severe worsening of symptoms after even minimal exertion). It causes dysregulation of both the immune system and the nervous system. The effects of ME are devastating enough to leave 25 percent of patients housebound or bedbound. In many parts of the world, it is commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. An estimated 15-30 million people around the world are suffering from ME.
“Unrest” tells the first-person story of Jennifer and her husband, Omar, newlyweds grappling with how to live in the face of a debilitating 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.
“When I got sick, I was shocked to encounter this world I had never heard of and knew nothing about. For decades, people living with ME have been missing from their lives,” she said. “It’s my hope that in telling this story, we will no longer be relegated to the shadows, that our experience will be seen and recognized.”
The film launches with an attached social impact campaign, Time for Unrest, which aims to increase the public’s knowledge of this little known disease, mobilize the patient and ally community, encourage empathetic care from medical practitioners, and encourage more research in countries throughout the world.
“Community screenings are a critical part of building the movement to get ME the recognition and resources it so badly needs,” said Laurie Jones, global director of Impact for Time for Unrest. “It will take local communities discussing this disease to change the stigma, spread the word, and create the impetus for concrete change in our lifetime.”
A review in the San Francisco Chronicle called the film “riveting…equal parts medical mystery, science lesson, political advocacy primer and even a love story.”
A review in the Los Angeles Times found the film “remarkably intimate, deeply edifying and a stirring call to action.”
To learn more about the film and campaign visit timeforunrest.org or on social media, post using #timeforunrest.
The library is located at 217 N, Front St., Marquette. A brief question and answer session will follow the screening. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments.
Folk dancers see big change
MARQUETTE — Beginning Friday, the Marquette Folk Dancers will meet at a new location: DanceZone (corner of College and Lincoln). The start time remains the same: every Friday of the year at 7 p.m. Our per person fees are changed as follows: annual membership $120; per session $3.
This represents the end of an era for the group, which has rented dance space from Northern Lights Martial Arts (earlier TaeKwon Do), moving every time they moved, since some time in the 1990s.
The dance repertoire comes mostly from all over Europe. They have many dances from Scandinavia, Austria/Germany, the Balkan countries, Eastern Europe and Israel. They have smaller numbers of dances from Italy, Great Britain and the U.S.
Dress comfortably for exercise. Wear soft-soled shoes. Beginners and visitors always welcome. No partner necessary. Phone 226-9617.