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Resilience Documentary Premieres Statewide Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 11/19/19 — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation declaring November 17-24, 2019, as ACEs Awareness Week throughout the state. The proclamation comes ahead of the statewide broadcast of the ACEs documentary Resilience, Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV.

The proclamation defines ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, as “potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood, such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect which have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration as well as lifelong health.”

The documentary Resilience, a project of James Redford and Karen Pritzker, delves deep into the science behind ACEs and the havoc that 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.

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. Participants include Resilience documentary director Redford, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina President & CEO Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse America CEO Melissa Merrick, MD and many more.

In addition to the Resilience broadcast on UNC-TV, several other ACEs Awareness Week screenings and discussions are taking place 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.

North Carolinians can tune in to the Tuesday night, at 8, Resilience broadcast on the following channels:

  • WUNF-TV 33/25 Asheville
  • WUNW-TV 27 Canton/Waynesville
  • WUNC-TV 4/25 Chapel Hill
  • WUNG-TV 58/44 Concord/Charlotte
  • WUND-TV 2/20 Edenton/Columbia
  • WUNK-TV 25/23 Greenville
  • WUNM-TV 19 Jacksonville
  • WUNE-TV 17 Linville
  • WUNU-TV 31 Lumberton
  • WUNP-TV 36 Roanoke Rapids
  • WUNJ-TV 39/29 Wilmington
  • WUNL-TV 26/32 Winston Salem

Subject matter experts participating in the Twitter Town Hall (including their Twitter handles) following the broadcast include:

  • James Redford KPJR Films, Resilience director (@DocResilience)
  • Lynn Waymer Vice President Community Engagement, KPJR Films (@lwaymer)
  • Bruce Perry, MD, PhD Senior Fellow, The Child Trauma Academy (@BDperry)
  • Melissa Merrick, MD CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America (@PCAAmerica)
  • Sharon Hirsch President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (@PCANC_CEO)
  • Betsey Cuervo Tilson NC State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (@betseytilson)
  • Ernestine Briggs King, PhD Director of Research, Center for Child & Family Health (@ccfhnc)
  • Elizabeth DeKonty NC Resilience & Learning Project, Public School Forum of North Carolina (@theNCForum)
  • Yevonne Brannon, PhD Chair, Public Schools First NC (@PS1NC)
  • Terrance Ruth, PhD Educational Consultant, Public Schools First NC (@TerranceRuth)
  • Rocio Galarza, Assistant Vice President of Social Impact, Sesame Workshop (@SesameCommunity)

Cofounders 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