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The Light of the Moon

April 20 @ 9:15 pm
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Friday, April 20 at 9:15 pm
Cinemark Perkins Rowe

New Voices/New Visions * USA * 94 min

Director: Jessica M. Thompson
Producers: Jessica M. Thompson, Carlo Velayo, and Michael Cuomo
Sponsored by: The Red Shoes

Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12) gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a successful young Latina architect who is sexually assaulted after an evening out drinking with friends. Initially describing the attack as a robbery, she finally tells her long-term non-judgmental boyfriend Matt the truth. But returning to her old life is more complicated than expected: relationships at the office grow testy, her temper explodes when least expected, and her intimacy with Matt is compromised. She rejects therapy and refuses sympathy. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial about this life altering experience.

Language: English

Simply structured and gratefully devoid of sociological preaching, this feature-length film debut by Jessica M. Thompson takes a hard, responsible and sobering look at a familiar subject with fresh, frank eyes. The movie is about choices, alternatives, and how one woman regains control and balance through patience, trust and courage. New York Observer

Amid the flood of Harvey Weinstein allegations and the national conversation about sexual harassment and assault, Jessica M. Thompson’s The Light of the Moon feels ultra-relevant. Here’s a film, written and directed by a woman, that throws into sharp relief one woman’s experiences of surviving sexual assault. And the frank ways in which Thompson and Beatriz channel Bonnie make it clear that there’s a lot of respect for this complex character navigating life-altering trauma. The Village Voice

The Light of the Moon is a realistic exercise in psychological clarity. No matter how low Bonnie’s spirits sink, the film’s writer and director, Jessica M. Thompson, holds her star up to the light. It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive or sympathetic look at the challenge of surviving. New York Times

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Date: April 20
Time: 9:15 pm
Event CategoryFilm