September 6, 2019 Grantley Adams

“…an engrossing study of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) can be linked to destructive behavior and medical diseases” – Matt Fagerholm (


WINSTED, CT – On September 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), the Connecticut Office of Rural Health, EdAdvance Nurturing Families and Family Strides will co-sponsor a free showing of the film, Resilience, in the Shirley Draper Conference Center, located in NCCC’s Learning Resource Center. The movie will be followed by a Community Conversation.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, imprisonment, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur before age 18. They include physical and emotional abuse and neglect, parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence. Stressful childhood experiences can alter brain development and have life-long effects on health and behavior. Come explore how reducing ACEs can help prevent child maltreatment, produce healthier outcomes, and save costs.

Producers Karen Pritzker and James Redford have many documentary and feature filmmaking credits to their names. They started their collaboration on HBO’s The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, a film that gave hope to millions of families around the world who have struggled to educate their dyslexic children. From there, they turned their story-telling eye on the hidden menace of Adverse Childhood Experiences.  Another documentary, Paper Tigers, takes an intimate look into the lives of five students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington. Resilience, Pritzker’s third documentary with James Redford, premiered to sold-out crowds at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

Reserve your seat to see Resilience by registering via, or emailing