Silent Beauty (2022), directed by Jasmin Mara Lopez, is a poignant multi-faceted documentary that explores and tells her personal story of sexual abuse and trauma, documents her healing process, and shines a light on the complex dynamics of sexual abuse.
Lopez weaves together many visual elements to create an insightful and deeply personal film where anguish, grief, and trauma meet but with recovery and healing. Her journey inspires other members of her immediate and extended family to come forward to break their silence; some of who were abused by the same man. Lopez employs a variety of film and editing techniques such as voice-overs (audio) layered over images, and close-ups and medium angle shots juxtaposed against wide-angle shots to create intimate portraits of herself and her immediate and extended family members. Lopez uses her grandfather’s super 8 family films to visually recreate a picture of her childhood allowing her to create distance between herself and her grief in order to see and re-examine her childhood experiences which were clouded by the sexual abuse and to contextualize and give voice to the sexual violence she experienced as a young girl often at the hands of her caregiver.
Silent Beauty is a deeply moving documentary shining a light on the impact of sexual abuse which is deeply traumatizing and shaming for its victims and breaking the silence is an important part of the healing and recovery process. It can serve as a vehicle to educate and inform and inspire others to come forward and break their silence and promote their healing and recovery. The documentary is deserving of your attention. Don’t miss it.
Watch the trailer for Silent Beauty below
Silent Beauty will be at Hot Docs 2022 on
Isabel Bader Theatre
May 3 @ 2:00pm
and once again at
TIFF BellLightbox 3
May 7 @ 2pm
Online streaming for Silent Beauty is available for five days starting on May 4 at 9:00 AM.
Tickets for the film can be bought here