Special Presentation: The Light of the Moon
Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz), a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David of “Narcos”), but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters, and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame. Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Short Term 12”) gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a woman who maintains her dignity and sense of humor as she deals with the aftermath of a life-altering experience. The feature-film debut of Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson, “The Light of the Moon” is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of relationships in the face of a tragedy.
Film CategoryAmerican Indie Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight
All proceeds of this screening will benefit Safe Connections, one of the St. Louis region’s oldest and largest organizations working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence while helping survivors reclaim their lives; and the YWCA, whose Woman's Place works to end violence against women by providing compassionate crisis intervention, facilitating women's transition to safety and healing, and educating the community.