This guide will provide you with ideas for hosting your own impactful screening of Unrest that will be well-attended, well-publicized and garner support from important institutions in your community for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
Community screenings of Unrest have taken place all over the globe. While all successful events can look differently, below is an example of what we consider best practices for a large-scale community event.
As an example of a highly successful Unrest screening, we’ll look to the Boston event organized at the historic Regent Theatre on Nov. 12, 2017. The event was packed with 358 people attending. A panel discussion followed the film, moderated by a local National Public Radio (NPR) station senior correspondent and host. The organizers solicited the support of stakeholders in the community, resulting in 19 co-sponsors from government, healthcare, disability, arts, academic, religious and women’s organizations. For most of these organizations, this was the first time they worked on an ME advocacy effort, and the first time they publicly declared their support for people with ME.
For this event, the Boston advocates were also able to secure a statement from the entire 11 member Massachusetts Congressional Delegation vowing support for ME patients, which was made public for the first time, and read aloud, during the Unrest screening event.
The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association organized the Boston Regent Unrest screening, with #MEAction member and MassCFIDS volunteer Rivka Solomon spearheading the effort with her co-organizer Leah Williams. (Follow Rivka on Twitter: @RivkaTweets)