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Upcoming Screenings of "Unrest" in Los Angeles

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Gingergrrl, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    I got an e-mail today re: the upcoming screenings of "Unrest" in Los Angeles in both Santa Monica (Sept 29th) and Pasadena (Sept 30th). I am going to one of the SM screenings that has a Q&A afterward with Jen Brea and her husband. I'm going with a close friend from PR (who no longer posts but 3 yrs ago we saw "Forgotten Plague" together!) plus other family & friends.

    If anyone in the LA area is interested in joining us, please send me a PM. The tickets are only $13 and you can buy them on-line. I am so excited to see the film and that it is finally coming to my city! :balloons: :star::trophy::music::heart:

    Here is the link for the LA screenings:

    https://www.laemmle.com/films/42389?mc_cid=84d952ab99&mc_eid=17e661567d
     
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    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    @Mary If you feel well enough, you should join us!
     
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    I'm thinking about it! :) I'll PM you tomorrow about details, I think my sister wants to go too ...
     
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    Any more discussion of this here? I'm hosting a screening in UK...you guys have any feedback please? Thank you.
     
  5. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    @fingers I will be attending one of the "Unrest" screenings in Los Angeles but I am not hosting it. I received an e-mail announcement with a link to the two theaters that will be showing the film in LA & Pasadena so I shared the link. Sorry I do not know anything beyond that!
     
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    Joh Inactivist

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    Hi @fingers, do you mean a discussion of Unrest itself? Or a discussion about organizing a screening of Unrest?

    There's a Facebook group called "Time for Unrest" where people work on organizing screening Unrest worldwide, share best practice tips and post the press kit, how-to-guides and educational materials about ME, preparing Q and A, combining it with other actions like presenting empty shoes etc. There are also volunteers working together on another online platform on organizing screenings, translating materials etc (I think you'd have to write MEAction to get a link to log in). Sorry if you knew that and I just got your question wrong. :)
     
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    Ooooh er...after checking things out, it all looks very American and not very British...wtf are those electrodes on the head all about? Anyone know?
    Serious comment, as if we want to engage the right people we can't have a set-up which will allow them to take the piss...or did I miss something?
     
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    Yes, I've come to that conclusion too. The film didn't work for me, nor for my young adult daughter or her friend who saw it separately. But clearly many people love it.

    I've tried to work out how there can be such divergent views about the film. My feeling is that maybe it is a cultural difference. We are New Zealanders, so more aligned with a British way of thinking than an American one. We would not want our doctors to see this film.

    I think it is a good idea to see the film and draw your own conclusions about its likely effectiveness in your own community before trying to use it for advocacy.
     
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    What does this mean?

    That is interesting and I will not be seeing the film until 9/29 so I can't comment (but I'm American so not sure about the different viewpoints re: the film)! I have an ME/CFS specialist who is treating me and was never planning to ask a doctor or family to see the film.

    I just want to see it myself after following the journey of Jen Brea and the making of the film from it's early days. I'm also just thrilled to be well enough now to see a film in a theater (which I have not done in 3-4 yrs!) and to be meeting PR friends at the screening, in addition to a long-term PR friend. I actually am not expecting the film to relate to my personal story or illness journey but don't know for sure until I see it.
     
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    Hi @Hutan,

    I'm from Germany and saw Unrest yesterday and loved it. So not sure about the cultural US/Europe thing. They also showed pwme in UK/Denmark.

    My idea is that the difference in our perceptions might maybe stem from what kind of "ME background" we have? I was e.g. for 14 years undiagnosed and psychologized and my flu symptoms were my "subconscious talking to me" (liked the part about psychogenic explanations) and now that I have a diagnosis still not one single person believes me. I'm made fun of and accused of not trying/wanting hard enough and don't even have a doctor who believes ME exists. I guess if you and your children have ME, you understand and support each other. As someone with no one to believe me I might have "needs" that you already fulfill for each other (understanding, compassion, community). I've e.g. never met another pwme in person (too sick to attend a self-help-group plus the only group in a 2 hour radius is led by someone who supports Gupta), so seeing people with ME on screen and knowing there is this amazing ME community out there (after I thought for 14 years I'm completely alone with this) is still an experience that is hard to put into words. So what Jen describes from her first two years about not knowing what's going on and feeling so alone fits my experience perfectly.

    Will try to write a review here in the next days to explain my views. I have read your comment (and I think the one from Old Bones) on Unrest before and found it interesting and now that I've seen Unrest I'll go back and read it again (have to find it).

    It's really interesting that we have such different perceptions. I also like "Voices from the shadows" very much. Do you like that one? Maybe our different perceptions have also to do with severity level? (Sorry, I hope this is not insensitive, don't know about yours). I'm homebound/mostly bedbound so I saw myself in the scenes in Unrest at home in bed, just watching this ladybug and fan as only activity of the day and when this longing for life and the world outside or not feeling like a person anymore when you haven't showered in a month was described it was like it was taken from my head. So the movie made me feel seen, understood, validated, not doubted for 90 minutes and as part of a community that is going to fight for our rights. The scenes from the community organizing Millions Missing were my favorite ones. Cried through the whole movie.
    I have high hopes for the Time for Unrest campaign and believe it can really help. But also, like you, had some scenes I didn't like.

    Starting to write too much, can't stop apparently once I started (sorry, didn't have the chance to talk to anybody about the movie yet). You don't have to answer this long post.

    Greetings to New Zealand :)
     
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    Thanks for your nice, thoughtful post @Joh. I have to go right now, but I will think about what you have written and try to come up with something useful to say later. Greetings to Germany. :)
     
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    Hi @fingers, these electrodes are used in sleep studies. They seem to be your biggest concern about the movie (we talked about them on another thread). So I googled "sleep study UK" and these pictures with electrodes popped up as first ones. So at least no worries in this regard :), the electrodes seem to be commonly used everywhere, including the UK.

    [​IMG] First pic from the NHS:
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    The electrodes are for having an EEG scan.. pretty common on both sides of the Atlantic!

    I'm Irish, but lived in the US 15 years, so can appreciate both cultural sensibilities. But, not sure why you would think anyone would take the piss out of this film bc the poster uses an image of electrodes.
     
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    Electrodes are used for an EEG scan (which I have never had) or for a sleep study (which I have had about 3-4 yrs ago). I am not sure yet how they are used in the film.

    Does this phrase mean to be angry about the film (like "pissed off") or something else?
     
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    No.. it means to make fun of. :)
     
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    Thanks and I've never heard that phrase before! So people are making fun of the film b/c of the electrodes (or that it just does not resonate for UK audiences)? I have not seen the film yet so actually cannot comment but am now even more curious to see what I think after the screening and Q&A.
     
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    Hi @Gingergrrl, nobody is making fun of the film. On another thread fingers wrote that he didn't like the movie poster because the electrodes were not used in the UK (hope I said that right @fingers). So it was purely about the poster and not the movie.

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    I love the image by the way. I think it fits perfectly to the title Unrest and makes very curious what the movie is about. It's different, if you see it on a media/cinema site full of movie images, it sticks out - I would definitely check it out if I didn't know what Unrest was about. Also the look, it being upside down, Jen's blue eyes, I think it's stylish. And in my opinion it has an unsettling touch, with Jen looking at you, it could also be the image of a horror movie (what ME certainly feels like). Maybe my fantasy is going wild but I have a lot of different associations when I see the poster.


    Unrest film poster hanging at Sundance Film Festival next to Reservoir Dogs from Quentin Tarantino. :)
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    Thanks for clarifying @Joh and I thought they were referring to the actual movie not resonating in the U.K. vs. just the movie poster! I think the poster is cool looking and well done (although the poster and title alone would not tell me what it was about). I liked the original title "Canary in a Coalmine" better but I think I was in the minority on that! Either way, I am really looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks.
     
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