On Thursday 15 March 2018 — Staffordshire Moorlands ME Support Group is hosting a screening of Unrest, a Sundance award-winning film by Jennifer Brea at (15 March 2018,  7pm, Meerbrook Village Hall, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SL).

Entrance is by tickets £3 (or pay on the door) including tea/coffee and biscuits Tel 01538 300101

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 - newlyweds grappling with how to live in the face of a debilitating lifelong illness. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.

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. 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.” – Jennifer Brea, Director of Unrest.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) 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% 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.

 

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. 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.”- Laurie Jones, Global Director of Impact for Time for Unrest.

To learn more about the film and campaign visit timeforunrest.org or on social media, post using #timeforunrest.

 

The screening will be at Meerbrook Village Hall, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SL on Thursday 15 March 2018 at 7pm

Entrance is by tickets £3 (or pay on the door) including tea/coffee and biscuits Tel 01538 300101

www.megroupstaffsmoorlands.co.uk