Documentary sheds light on toxic stress

FILE - Teenagers walking in a school. (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Teenagers walking in a school. (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  A new film that debuted at the University of Texas takes an in-depth look at trauma and the overall effect it can have on your body.

Resilience by KPJR Films debuted at the Blanton of Art Auditorium, Monday. The documentary looks at a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect in childhood, and in turn, leads to toxic stress. James Redford and Karen Pritzker explored the trauma young people face in today’s world in an effort to understand and educate people about their experience.

“The impact on their brains and bodies as the grow up, much that later in life,  they often have health problems. In their teen years, the problem of that toxic stress, it leaves them more vulnerable, to making difficult and impulsive decisions, that only make matters worse.” said the co-founder of KPJR Films James Redford.

To find out more information on the film, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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