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 traumatic experience and burnout on us, 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? 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, which goes through examining trauma and burnout to looking at the importance of inner work and awareness in changing our activist cultures towards a more sustainable culture that embodies our vision of a world free of domination and oppression rather than recreating the same violent tendencies of capitalism/industry/patriarchy.
At the moment, the idea is to have the film in three parts, the first part about the effects of traumatic experience on activists, the second part about burnout and the loss of people and motivation it causes in our movements, and the third part exploring techniques and ideas for inner work and a transformative sustainable activism.
We are still open to contributions, please see the contact page for our email address.