Jennifer Brea



Jennifer Brea was a Ph.D. student at Harvard University in 2012 when she was struck down with a flu that left her bedridden and experiencing a wide variety of very severe symptoms. Unable to leave her home, she began filming her own experiences as well as her conversations by Skype with other patients.

Her resulting movie, “Unrest,” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize for editing. It will be released in the U.S. in Fall 2017 and then will be aired on PBS in 2018.

Jen Brea also was featured in a TED talk that has received more than a million views. While she is not recovered from her illness, she is no longer housebound and is touring with the film subsequent to pursuing a number of different treatments, including the use of an antiviral and careful avoidance of environmental mold toxins.


TED Talk (2016)

What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can’t Diagnose?



The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of – Huffington Post (2013)



Unrest and Jennifer Brea – DR2 Denmark (2017)

Meet Jennifer Brea – Sundance (2017)

Jen Brea Filmed Her Sundance Premiere Without Leaving Bed – No Film School (2017)

An Interview with Filmmaker and Journalist Jennifer Brea – Kreyolicious (2016)

A Biologic Basis for CFSThe Atlantic (2015)

Shooting PainPrinceton Alumni Weekly (2015)

Interview – ProHealth (2014)

CFS Activists Launch “Uprising” from their Beds – Al Jazeera (2013)

NJ Woman Felled by Devastating Disease – ABC (2013)

ME with Mary Dimmock and Jen Brea – Personal & Political (2013)


Film Reviews

The Salt Lake Tribune (2017)

Hollywood Reporter (2017)

Variety (2017)

Bruce Kasanoff (2017)

IndieWire (2017)

Emanuel Levy (2017)


Unrest Website



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