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The Light of the Moon

  • Carbon Arc Cinema 1747 Summer Street Halifax, NS, B3H 3A6 Canada (map)

dir. Jessica M. Thompson / USA / 2017 / 94 minutes

Presented in partnership with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.


Bonnie, 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, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, 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.

Stephanie Beatriz 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 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.


Shorts Before Features

Local short animation by Jenna Marks screens before the feature

How You Turned into a Fish, 5m

How You Turned into a Fish is a poetic animated painting. It explores the ideas of grief and time and shows how one woman can keep a friend alive as long as she keeps remembering.


Earlier Event: March 24
Dreams So Real - Metric Concert Film
Later Event: April 6
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