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‘Stress’ doc making the rounds in Midcoast

May 07, 2019

BELFAST/THOMASTON — The public is invited to view and discuss the award-winning documentary film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” (2016, USA) at two venues this month. The film shows Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Captain Albert Stevens School, 31 Elementary Ave., Belfast; and Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. at the Thomaston Public Library, 60 Main St., Thomaston. Running time is 60 minutes and discussion will follow.

This documentary delves into the science of how toxic stress in childhood can alter brain development and cause lifelong effects on health and behavior. The film's experts and those practitioners profiled in the film believe the cycle of "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is preventable and that this cycle of adversity and disease can be broken.

“Resilience” uses expert interviews, beautiful animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. Initiatives in other states and their outcomes are shared and described. The discussion will focus on what is happening here in our communities and county, what strategies exist to promote safety, stability and nurturing for children and their families, and how we might work together to build the skills of resilience.

For more information, email or connect on Facebook at Midcoast Resilience Project.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or

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