Video: Trailer for New Documentary About Activist Burnout – ‘Radical Resilience’

Radical Resilience is a film project by activists, for activists (or anyone involved in social or environmental change, however they define themselves), that aims to spread awareness and encourage discussion about the effects of burnout within our movements, both individually and collectively.

How could we better deal with the difficult and painful situations we experience through our activism and in our lives? What unconscious tendencies do we play out in our lives that stop us from effectively processing our experiences, supporting ourselves/others through them, and lead us to unsustainable ways of working that can cause burnout? What forms of hierarchies, privileges and oppression do we recreate within our groups, how do they impact on us, and how can we change that? What effect does the loss of people, their skills and relationships, have on our movements? How can we keep our movements strong and sustainable, with an emphasis on caring for each other and being aware of our individual and collective needs? How much is enough for us to do in this world, where seemingly so much needs to be done???

These questions and many more are all relevant to the subject(s) of this film.


Premiere of Radical Resistance

The premiere of Radical Resilience will be on Sunday the 1st March at the Alte VHS, Kasernenstraße, Bonn. Doors open at 15:30 and the film will begin at 16:00. It runs about 1 hour and afterwards there will be time for questions with the filmmakers and discussion. The film is multilingual and the subtitles will be in German. If necessary it would be no problem to do a whispering translation as a big part of the film is in English. There is no fixed price for entry as we’d like it to be accessible for all, but donations are very welcome to cover costs and hopefully help us continue our work.

The screening will take place on the ground floor which is accessible by ramp. Unfortunately the toilet is not barrier free. There is a play room for children in the building. If you have any other needs, wishes or questions then please contact us.

Through interviews, this film reflects on the effects of burnout within our movements, looks at reasons why it is such a common problem, and offers some tools and strategies how we can be more sustainable and inclusive in our activism.

If you are interested in organising a screening in your area, get in contact. To stay informed about upcoming screenings, join our mailing list, or follow us on Mastodon or Twitter. Share the trailer widely if you like it! Please choose subtitles in settings on the player as the trailer is in several languages.

(via Radical Resilience)

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