Contested Conditions

Fri Jun 14 2019 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, United Kingdom

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, United Kingdom

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Friday 14th June, 6-9pm

Unrest (Jennifer Brea, 2017)

Suddenly afflicted with a debilitating illness, director Jennifer Brea is eventually diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Frustrated by doctors’ insistence that her condition is psychosomatic, Brea makes contact from her bed with an activist community engaged in lobbying for further research into the disease. Spanning the categories of documentary, personal testimony and activist intervention, Unrest offers insight into a little-understood chronic illness, and explores what role the movie camera might play in giving image and voice to people living with the condition. The film will be followed by a panel discussion (participants tbc). This screening is part of the Contested Conditions film screening and discussion series, which runs at BIMI throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. The series asks how so-called ‘invisible illnesses’—including multiple chemical sensitivity, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression—have been visualised on film, and aims to foster reflection and discussion about the relationship between medical evidence and cinematic form. How do the genre codes of documentary, horror, melodrama, and science fiction push us to rethink the relationships between evidence and experience, the body and society, and the visible and the invisible in the realm of health and illness?

This event series is supported by an ISSF grant funded by Birkbeck and the Wellcome Trust.

A guide to disabled access at the venue is available at AccessAble:  https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/gor-birkbeck-cinema

 

For more information, contact the organiser, Dr Sophie A. Jones, at sophie ! jones | bbk ! ac ! uk.        
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