Statement by Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. on Separation of Families
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Stress is a feeling we all experience when we are challenged or overwhelmed.
But more than just an emotion stress is a harrowed physical response that travels throughout your entire body.
Wisława Szymborska (2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996 - “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality,” the Nobel commission called her “the Mozart of poetry” — but, wary of robbing her poetry of its remarkable dimension, added that it also emanates “something of the fury of Beethoven.”
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Dir. Griffin Dunne, USA, 2017, 92m World Premiere
Griffin Dunne’s years-in-the-making documentary portrait of his aunt Joan Didion moves with the spirit of her uncannily lucid writing: the film simultaneously expands and zeroes in, covering a vast stretch of turbulent cultural history with elegance and candor, and grounded in the illuminating presence and words of Didion herself. This is most certainly a film about loss—the loss of a solid American center, the personal losses of a husband and a child—but Didion describes everything she sees and experiences so attentively, so fully, and so bravely that she transforms the very worst of life into occasions for understanding. A Netflix Original presently showing at Curzon Bloomsbury.
We’re pleased to provide you exclusive access to outtakes from the film!
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Thank you, and enjoy!
The Didion Doc Team
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” – will be featured at the New York Film Festival and is a Netflix Original, premiering on October 27, 2017.
"It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to convey the life and work of my aunt, and literary icon, Joan Didion," said director Griffin Dunne. "This documentary is a true labor of love and to partner with Netflix, who will help bring this to a global audience, is more than I could have hoped for when I started on this over 5 years ago. And to world premiere at NYFF, is just the icing on the cake."
Almost every moment of every day requires that we tolerate change. Our environment, our moods, our physical states, and our thoughts are constantly changing, all day long. Yet when it comes to making bigger changes like career changes, relationship changes, and habit changes, most people find themselves avoiding change and maybe even actively resisting it – even when the way things are is far from comfortable.
The clip sheds light on the positive outcomes that comes along with tolerating the period of vulnerability that comes with change. When you decide to change something big in your life (like a relationship or a behavioral pattern), there will almost always be a period of insecurity and fear. Are you doing the right thing? How will you adapt and cope with the change? Who will support you in making the change? Who will try to undermine you?