Film and Panel: Resilience


RESILIENCE chronicles the promising beginnings of an international movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations. It chronicles the birth of a new movement among paediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.



Rating: NR

Running time: 1 hr

Director: James Redford

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, Paediatrician, CEO, Center for Youth Wellness, San Francisco, CA
Robert Anda, MD, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control, Co-Founder, ACE Study
Vincent Felitti, MD, Chief of Preventive Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Co-Founder, ACE Study
Jack Shonkoff, MD, Pediatrician, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

English | 2016, USA


“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. 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 behaviour.

However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.


This screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with:

Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown: Sarah is a professor and Chair of Public Health at the Warwick Medical School (WMS). Sarah worked for the NHS from 1974 until 1994, first as a paediatrician and later as a public health doctor. More recently, Sarah has helped to develop the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS), a wellbeing tool recommended and used by the NHS.

Dr Adrian Phillips: Adrian qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1985. He spent his formative years in acute hospital medicine, treating many “avoidable illnesses”, especially coronary heart disease, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases. Later he specialised in population medicine and completed his training in public health in 1997. Following this, he was appointed Joint Director of Public Health in Wolverhampton in 2000. In October 2012 he moved back to Birmingham as Director of Public Health, a position he held until May 2018.

Stephen Steinhaus: born and raised in Chicago, Stephen first came to The United Kingdom as a Fulbright Scholar, studying for his M.Phil. at The University of Birmingham in the mid-1990s. After teaching English and Drama in Hawaii and San Francisco he returned to the UK permanently in 2000 and has worked in a wide variety of schools and colleges across the Midlands. Stephen is the Principal Designate of Solihull Academy, Vice Chairperson of and Safeguarding Lead for The Management Board of the Coventry Extended Learning Centre and a founding member and former trustee of The Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma.

Dr Andrew Coward: Andrew has been a GP in Kings Norton for 30 years, is the West Midlands Combined Authority ACE lead and Chairs the Birmingham Freedom Project. Having previously chaired BSC CCG and the Obesity strategy for Birmingham his passion is for abuse of all sorts to be recognized as the leading cause for all disease and criminality and to set out principles and policies to prevent it in the context of a huge cultural shift right across society.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7pm.


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Tickets are free for Impact Hub Birmingham members and £5/£6 for non members (this covers the cost of refreshments). Tickets can be booked here via Eventbrite.


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Birmingham Freedom Project

Date & Time

June 14, 2018 | 19:00 to 20:30


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: £5/£6

Updated on 04 June 2018