Due to the current coronavirus situation, we have cancelled/postponed all planned screenings. We are not sure when it will be possible to organise new screenings. In the meantime we are thinking how best to continue with the distribution of the film, we’ll get back on that once we come up with a plan.
If you would like to watch the film in your group, with your house project, squat, etc, get in contact. It doesn’t have to be a big public screening, but it makes sense to watch it together and discuss, exchange feelings and experiences on the topics of the film. We are also considering how we could make collective online viewings with the possibility to chat online afterwards, so watch this space.
The premiere of Radical Resilience will be on Sunday the 1st March at the Alte VHS, Wilhelmstraße 34, 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.
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Today I got to know about the death of our friend Dhjana. I am very sad about her being gone. She was such a warm hearted, open and welcoming warrior and I miss her.
I am also sad because she won’t see the finished version of the film and she won’t be able to show it, which she was looking forward to. She has been so supportive of the project, saying so uplifting things, offering we could work on it in Ede, one of the people who were convinced of it right from the start.
I’ve been looking forward to visit her again and I’m sad I will not be able to. I realise now again that while chronic sickness puts your life on hold, some situations and some people will no longer be there. And that sucks. I also realise how chronic sickness is such an isolating thing. Staying in touch with people takes effort and when you are lacking energy you often don’t manage. Plus often you can’t go to places where you normally meet people. So people slowly and silently drop out, especially those people who need help.
Dhjana knew this and dedicated a big part of her life to helping people with burnout and trauma, and changing our movement structures to be more caring. See for example support and recovery team, a great project that was very dear to her.
What consoles me is that she was happy with what she achieved in her life and I can only add to this that I’m deeply grateful for all she has done for all of us.
It would be great to be able to share our zine in many languages. Please get in contact if you are motivated to do some translation, even if it’s just one page or a chapter. Our email: radicalresilience [at] riseup.net
We’ve put together a zine about living with chronic illness and taking part in activist movements. The zine reflects on how things are and proposes some ideas on how we can make our movements more inclusive and caring. Here it is available to read online or to print out. If you like it please share and feel free to print and distribute! Thanks to EYFA for the support and encouragement as well as graphic design.
Caring Movements Zine – This should be fine for printing on home printer. If you want to print copies in a “professional” print shop we have another file set up specially for that. Get in contact and we can send you that.
After a long time where due to illness we didn’t manage to make much progress on the film, we are finally getting on with finishing cutting. The last month has been quite productive, and most of the trickiest decisions have been solved.
There are still quite some steps until the film will be ready for release but we are optimistic that it will happen this year.
We are sad that we still could not continue very much so far with the project, one of us is still being sick and we had to put all our energy into healing. We are sorry about it. Its not a nice situation but the positive aspects are maybe that through making the experience of being chronically sick and low in energy we learn a lot by experience about the subject we are making the film about.
Hopefully the healing will progress and we can soon start working on the film again. We still are very motivated and really hope to be able to finish it still this year. If not maybe we publish the unfinished version some of you already saw in a sneak preview. Its not perfect but as some interviewe says in the film: perfectionism is also a major burnout factor!