ACES Related Films / Resilience and Paper Tigers

ACEs Films Resilience and Paper Tigers 
Available for FREE Local Screenings in WV

The WV ACES Coalition and TEAM for WV Children are pleased to offer the availability of two films that, in the words of Director James Redford (KPJR Films), “show us, through science and the stories of our young people, how adults are stepping up to help children who are exposed to adverse experiences. We hope the stories of children, educators and scientists grappling with the results of trauma help raise awareness, foster conversation and inspire action.”


In our West Virginia networks, the films are available for free local screenings through the following avenues:

  • Resilience is available via a streaming channel license that we have obtained through KPJR films.  We ask that you consider partnering with others in and near your communities and within your networks to broaden the outreach and provide a more collective experience.

  • Paper Tigers is available through a DVD loan process.  We have several copies of the DVD on hand and will lend you a copy for viewing per your request.

Film Descriptions

RESILIENCE:   The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

“Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary RESILIENCE reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. RESILIENCE, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.” – Synopsis from RESILIENCE  (Running time, 60 minutes)

Paper Tigers: One high school’s unlikely success story

“Stressed brains can’t learn”.  That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs, and truancy took away from an educational conference in 2010.  Three years later the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach:  one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension.  Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing:  that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.  (Running time, 102 minutes)

We echo the words of Karen Pritzker, executive producer, KPJR Films, who states:

“We are grateful to our partners who are hosting resilience-building activities to promote cultures of hopefulness and understanding in their communities.”