About the Film
Resilience is a 60-minute documentary that examines how abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect children’s development & health outcomes in adulthood. You can view a clip of the film here.
Children across North Carolina suffer Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) in various forms of abuse and neglect. The trauma of ACEs can cause children to develop toxic stress, where they’re affected not just emotionally but psychologically and biologically. Toxic stress is associated with everything from misbehavior at school to heart disease; it can literally shorten the lives of the kids who suffer from it.
Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all income levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” This powerful movie is a conversation-starter and a perspective-changer.
However, adults (parents and teachers) can help children with toxic stress, not by erasing their trauma but by helping children develop resilience! This learned skill set can act within a child as a buffer for the ACEs they have endured. Resilience is the capacity that allows kids to cope with their imperfect situations and to move on with confidence and optimism.
Schools have a critical role to play in promoting the great childhoods that children deserve. But this takes trained and attentive school personnel. The first step is awareness which is why Public Schools First NC is sponsoring free screenings of this film.
One great takeaway from Resilience is that there is always hope! Science shows the effects of ACEs do not have to be permanent. The film highlights how parents, educators, and communities working together can build resilience in kids to overcome the impact of ACEs.
(This film is intended for an adult audience.)
View our fact sheet to learn more about Resilience and how ACEs affect NC schools and schedule your screening today!
Schedule a Screening
If you want to schedule a screening for your church or synagogue, your civic group or PTA, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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