Title

Resiliance

Lead Author Major

English and Media X

Lead Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Patti McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Email

pmccarthy@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

English and Film Studies

Abstract/Artist Statement

Everyone has had to overcome setbacks in life. Being first generation students, our families have sacrificed many things to help us get to college; therefore, it means a lot for our group to be able to share a message of what it means to be resilient. We believe that being resilient is a process. We define resilience as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and move forward in the face of adversity. Throughout our film, we see two high school students struggle with the decision of becoming parents during their transition into college. The protagonists Javier and Romalyn, each have to adapt to their new lives as well as learn to move forward through this life-changing experience. This process is demonstrated each time the protagonists make the decision reach out for assistance, push themselves to graduate, and learn to become responsible. The concept of choices is also made visible throughout our film. We believe that being resilient consists of choosing to overcome our challenges rather than being consumed by them. Being resilient demonstrates that we are neither defined nor immobilized by our pain; instead, we are empowered by our response towards our difficulties. The message we intend to share with the audience is that although we each experience difficulties, it is important to be able to not only overcome them, but also get through them, and learn from ourselves in the process. This way, we learn to use adversity as an opportunity for personal growth and we learn to be resilient.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

9-5-2017 7:00 PM

End Date

9-5-2017 10:00 PM

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Resiliance

Janet Leigh Theatre

Everyone has had to overcome setbacks in life. Being first generation students, our families have sacrificed many things to help us get to college; therefore, it means a lot for our group to be able to share a message of what it means to be resilient. We believe that being resilient is a process. We define resilience as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and move forward in the face of adversity. Throughout our film, we see two high school students struggle with the decision of becoming parents during their transition into college. The protagonists Javier and Romalyn, each have to adapt to their new lives as well as learn to move forward through this life-changing experience. This process is demonstrated each time the protagonists make the decision reach out for assistance, push themselves to graduate, and learn to become responsible. The concept of choices is also made visible throughout our film. We believe that being resilient consists of choosing to overcome our challenges rather than being consumed by them. Being resilient demonstrates that we are neither defined nor immobilized by our pain; instead, we are empowered by our response towards our difficulties. The message we intend to share with the audience is that although we each experience difficulties, it is important to be able to not only overcome them, but also get through them, and learn from ourselves in the process. This way, we learn to use adversity as an opportunity for personal growth and we learn to be resilient.