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Documentary Premieres Statewide Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 11/5/19 — UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina presents the statewide broadcast premiere of the special documentary feature Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM, as part of Resilience Week—a statewide initiative to build awareness of childhood trauma, prevention and resilience.

The hour-long film focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), what Dr. Robert Anda and Laura Porter of ACE Interface have termed, “the greatest public health discovery…most important public health movement of our time.” Resilience delves deep into the science behind ACEs and the havoc the syndrome can wreak on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, depression, substance abuse and other lifelong effects on health and behavior. The film also examines how the toxic stress produced by ACEs also creates long-term impact on our communities.

In partnership with UNC-TV, production company KPJR Films has joined forces with North Carolina educators, health care providers, juvenile justice professionals and social workers, along with state agencies, to recognize Resilience Week across the state, November 18-22. Resilience Week kicks off with UNC-TV’s broadcast of Resilience on Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV. Following the broadcast, viewers are encouraged to participate in a Twitter Town Hall featuring local and national experts in childhood trauma, toxic stress, trauma prevention and resilience building. At press time, anticipated participants include the director of the Resilience documentary, James Redford.

According to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina President and CEO Sharon Hirsch, “Children’s positive experiences and relationships with caring adults are vital to forming a strong foundation for their healthy development. At Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we work to build safe, stable, nurturing environments for children by investing upstream in programs, strategies and policies that build supportive communities and strengthen families, thereby preventing child abuse and neglect. But we can’t do it alone. This broadcast is providing an opportunity for more North Carolinians to learn and get engaged in being connections to build resilience in children. We encourage all adults to tune in to the statewide broadcast of Resilience and consider ways to be a caring connection for children.”

Redford added, “It is indeed a pleasure to return to North Carolina with Resilience and support the important work of state organizations in trauma prevention and building ACEs awareness and healthy, trauma-informed and resilient communities.”

In addition to the Resilience broadcast on UNC-TV, KPJR will host several other broadcast screenings and discussions throughout the state. For more information about the Resilience film or Resilience Week in North Carolina, please visit: UNC-TV’s broadcast of Resilience is made possible with support from the Winer Family Foundation and ChildTrust Foundation.

Upcoming Screenings & Discussions

Statesville November 14, 5-8 PM, NC Cooperative Extension
Raleigh November 13, 6-9 PM, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Co-founders Karen Pritzker and James Redford aim to confront society’s hidden challenges and honor those who fight them. KPJR Films has produced three documentary films, The Big Picture:Rethinking Dyslexia, Paper Tigers and Resilience, with more to come. For more information about KPJR Films, please visit

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CONTACT Rebekah Radisch, UNC-TV: 919-549-7177