Film Showing – Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

CONTACT: Elaine Warner 405-620-3807
On Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30-8:30pm, First Christian Church will present a screening of the award-winning documentary RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. The one-hour film is the work of James Redford and Karen Pritzker that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Research, which began in the mid-1990s demonstrates an undeniable link between adverse childhood experiences and socioeconomic crisis. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, ACEs can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers, and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse, and neglect. And they’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

To help our audience process the powerful message, a panel of professionals who are experts in their fields will be present, including Sen. Adam Pugh; Major Paco Balderrama, of the OCPD; Price Brown, executive director of Elementary Education, Edmond Public Schools; and Carolynn MacAllister, retired OSU professor and founder of Resilient Payne County. This showing is made possible by the sponsorship of the Potts Family Foundation.