Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

The chemical effects of childhood abuse and its treatment

2016 | Running Time: 60 minutes | Rating: NR

RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE explains how childhood abuse and neglect impacts one’s biological makeup leading to illness and self-destructive behaviors later in life. Toxic stress experienced during youth triggers hormones that leave a lasting impact on brains and bodies. Kids who experienced this stress are exposed to greater risk of experiencing disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. The film documents a new movement of trailblazers working in pediatrics, education and social welfare, creating therapies to help alleviate the effects of toxic stress on children. RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers: Jamie Redford, Director; Brook Holston, Producer

Cleveland International Film Festival 2016: Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Awards (nomination)
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016: Social Justice Award (nomination)

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a powerful venture into a public health crisis that was initially seen as pseudoscience masquerading as medicine, until a study revealed the prevalence and extent of the problem.”


Tags: Health Care, Gendered Violence, Mental Illness, Addiction/Recovery, Trauma/Healing, Science and Technology,