Unrest is the story of diagnosis and partial recovery: part detective story, part autobiography, and part documentation of an illness-based social movement. While conducting research on her own worsening symptoms, filmmaker Jennifer Brea learns that she is not as unusual as she has been led to believe. Unrest calls upon its audience to respond to Brea's ordeal and, in the spirit of all political film, to do something about the social injustice and human suffering it presents. Through her careful attention to the historical context of her own illness, Brea admirably makes visible the deep misogyny of the medical establishment.
Unrest: Gender, Chronic Illness, and the Limits of Documentary Visibility
Megan Moodie is associate professor of anthropology and affiliated faculty in the Film and Digital Media and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her academic works in feminist political and legal anthropology have been published by the University of Chicago Press, American Ethnologist, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Moodie's popular essays on motherhood, art, politics, and illness can be found in literary journals including Hip Mama, SAPIENS.org, and the Chicago Quarterly Review.
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Megan Moodie; Unrest: Gender, Chronic Illness, and the Limits of Documentary Visibility. Film Quarterly 1 June 2018; 71 (4): 9–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.4.9
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