Arts and Culture | Mind, Body & Spirit

Loft to screen film on reality of chronic fatigue syndrome

“Unrest,” a Sundance-award-winning documentary, will be screened at the Loft Cinema on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

Jennifer Brea, a Harvard Ph.D. student, was about to marry the love of her life when she was derailed by strange symptoms. Hoping to find answers, she grabbed a camera and began filming this intimate and unflinching look at myalgic encephalomyelitis (commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome), a disease many still believe is “all in your head.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Alysa Nahmias, one of the movie’s producers and a native Tucsonan, and Sonya Heller Irey, a Tucson ME/CFS patient advocate.

Through a donation from the Administration of Resources and Choices and Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, free tickets are available to medical professionals, researchers, students, anyone working in healthcare (including health policy, behavioral health, and social work), and anyone interested in becoming an ME advocate. Visit To purchase additional tickets, visit