Peninsula College and Quileute Youth and Family Intervention invite the community to screenings of two documentaries about the emerging science of adversity. The films will highlight how high doses of stress during childhood get into our bodies, change our brains and lead to lifelong health and social problems.
The first documentary, Paper Tigers, will be shown on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 pm. Produced and directed by James Redford, Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. This was an Official Selection at the Seattle Film Festival in 2015.
The second film will be shown the following Wednesday, November 14, at 6:00pm. Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt the cycle of violence, addiction and disease. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. Winner at the 2016 Carmel International Film Festival, Resilience delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and new strategies to treat and prevent toxic stress.
Both films will be shown at Peninsula College in Forks, at 481 S. Forks Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Deborah Scannell at (360) 374-3223 or DScannell@pencol.edu .