Invisible illness and support for local people suffering comes to the big screen in Ely with a showing of Unrest

Unrest is coming to Babylon Gallery in Ely

Unrest is coming to Babylon Gallery in Ely - Credit: Archant

A film that tells the story of a woman living with a hidden illness is coming to Ely.

The Cambridgeshire Invisible Illness Support (CAMBSIIS) is hosting a screening of the award winning film Unrest at Babylon Gallery on Sunday 19.

Only 40 tickets are available so people have being advised to book in advance.

The film tells the story of 28 year-old Jennifer Brea, who is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life.

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.

Hayley Mason, founder of Cambridgeshire Invisible Illness Support (CAMBSIIS), said: “Chronic Fatigue is a common condition, and symptom, for many of our members. We hope this screening will help raise awareness in our local community.”

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.

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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.

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 encourage empathetic care from medical practitioners alongside 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,” said Laurie Jones, global director of Impact for Time for Unrest

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

• The screening is at Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely open at 6pm for a 6.15pm start.