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‘Resilience’: Director Strives To Break The Cycle Of Toxic Stress With His Film — Video

Tue, January 26, 2016 6:42pm EDT by 1 Comment

What if a simple movie was able to make a difference in children’s lives? Director James Redford aims to do so with his documentary, ‘Resilience,’ which focuses on the implications of toxic stress that results from harmful childhood experiences. Watch him talk about the film here!

When James Redford arrived in Salt Lake City for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, he was ready to start a conversation. Before making his film Resilience, the director discovered that toxic stress — which results from facing violence, neglect, and abuse — has become a medical threat for children who experience it, so he wanted his next work to help change that. He’s clearly passionate about the issue, and he hopes his film will make viewers feel the same!

“Crime, drugs, poverty, mental illness…all these societal challenges — they’re not going to go anyway anytime soon, let’s get real,” James said in his interview. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t do things to protect children from those exposures so that they can break the cycle.”

Through sharing statistics and survey results revolving around early life traumas and toxic stress, Resilience allows for everyone to get a better understanding of the impact we can make in the lives of children, whether we know them or not. Talk about a meaningful film!

Are you fascinated by the concept of Resilience, HollywoodLifers? Were you aware of “toxic stress” and the fact that we’re capable of helping children avoid it? Tell us below!