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Documentary Screening: Unrest

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Redfern Town Hall

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"We used to institutionalize women with hysteria. It's always tempting to look at the past - something strange and distant - to say, thank god we know better now. But what I never could have imagined had I not gotten this disease is that we're still doing this." - Jennifer Brea

Unrest tells the personal story of Jennifer, a Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when she's struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it's "all in her head," she goes online and finds a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome.

The Sydney Feminists are screening this film free of charge, both as an attempt to raise awareness about this poorly-understood illness, and to facilitate a discussion about the gender gap in healthcare. The film is 1 hour and 38 minutes, and will be followed by a 10 minute talk by TSF founder Tessa Barratt.

Date and time: Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7pm sharp. Doors close 9.30pm.

Venue: Redfern Town Hall (community room). 73 Pitt St, Redfern, NSW.

Entry: Free or donation entry

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible venue and toilets. The film will have English captions and the 10 minute talk will also be presented in text form via the projector. Seating - standard plastic chairs supplied by venue; feel free to bring your own chairs/aids/cushions to make life more comfortable.

Note: We want to make this event as inclusive as we can. Many people with chronic illness, especially ME/CFS, are sensitive to fragrances. Please be mindful of this and do not wear perfumes or strong deodorants to this event.

More about the film:

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, ignored by medicine and science because of sexism, ignorance, and bias.

Unrest world-premiered January in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a 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), and at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it won the Wellcome Trust’s Illuminate Award for "vibrant and innovative filmmaking inspired by scientific understanding." Unrest also has a companion virtual reality piece, which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest. In September 2017, Unrest launched theatrically in cities across the US and UK, along with a global impact campaign, Time For Unrest, which aims to increase awareness, education, research and funding around ME

More about the event:

At the start of 2018, the Sydney Feminists committee decided to make chronic illness one of our focuses. To this end, we have been publishing articles and research about the subject on our website. This event has been designed to promote awareness about the invisible illness, ME/CFS, as well as highlight the deeply ingrained misogyny in the healthcare industry and how it continues to affect women the world over and in modern times.

About the speaker: Tessa Barratt is the founder of The Sydney Feminists. She is also living with Fibromyalgia, an illness that bears many similarities with ME/CFS, as well as Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She is passionate about raising the profile of chronic illness and women's healthcare.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at sydneyfeminists@gmail.com

“Women’s symptoms are not taken seriously because medicine doesn’t know as much about their bodies and health problems. And medicine doesn’t know as much about their bodies and health problems because it doesn’t take their symptoms seriously.” - Maya Dusenbery, from the 2018 book "Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick".


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