Sundance Film Festival Award Winner Focuses on
Plight of ME/CFS Patients
FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Institute of Neuro Immune Medicine (INIM) will host the South Florida premiere of “Unrest,” a Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary that focuses on the plight of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients. The 90-minute, feature film will be shown at NSU’s Miniaci Auditorium on Saturday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m. with doors opening at noon.
Nancy Klimas, M.D., director of INIM, professor and chairman of the Department of Clinical Immunology at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an internationally-known ME researcher, is a featured expert in the film. Twenty-eight year old Jennifer Brea – now one of Dr. Klimas’ patients — is 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 turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.
“This is an eye-opening documentary that provides valuable insight for ME patients as well as their loved ones, caregivers and medical professionals,” said Klimas. “Jennifer’s story will help increase awareness of how this commonly misunderstood disease affects patients 24/7.”
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. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny. The movie trailer can be seen here.
NSU Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine strives to advance knowledge and care for people with complex neuro-inflammatory illnesses through the integration of research, clinical care and education. Current research focus at INIM includes Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). Investigators, clinicians and educators are committed to applying scientific advances to promote efficiency, enhance patient care and improve clinical utility. This advancement is done through clinical, laboratory, computational and integrative cardiovascular immunological research – all of which are conducted by INIM’s renowned researchers.
Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, please go to the INIM team’s website. Click here.
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