Cinema Akil’s FIERCE! Part II, an American Film Showcase ends with Jennifer Brea's 'unrest' - a movie which is deeply personal and provides an unflinching look at a disease that overwhelms both the stricken and the medical community.
Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
20 July 2019, 12:00 AM
27 July 2019, 12:00 AM
The second edition of American Film Showcase program FIERCE! Part II focuses on female success, failures, curiosities and preoccupations and puts women’s perspectives front and center on the big screen for the Cinema Akil community. The program tours in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The program is funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). The Showcase joins local embassies and partners to highlight the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.
As the last screening of FIERCE! Part II, the Sundance award-winning film, “Unrest” will be Screened on July 20 & 27at Cinema Akil. The movie shares the story of Jennifer Brea, a Harvard PhD student who suffers from a fever that leaves her bedridden. Doctors keep telling her that her ailments are all in her head but she begins documenting her journey with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disease all but forgotten in medicine.
Drawing on interviews with others with chronic fatigue syndrome, medical folk and the many loving but often baffled family members who support people with the syndrome (including her own steadfast husband), Brea builds up a multifaceted portrait of the condition and the toll it takes.
The film is also not vested in an upbeat ending. Rather, it powerfully insists on giving a voice to victims whose greatest challenge, apart from their symptoms, is surmounting a world of indifference.
A story of love, perseverance and a hidden community, “Unrest” brings to light a battle for answers and cures.
See a free screening at Cinema Akil, Dubai's first and permanent independent film theatre.