The 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star plays a sexual assault victim in the movie, which will have its world premiere Sunday at the Austin-based festival

By Clark Collis
March 09, 2017 at 02:33 PM EST

In The Light of the Moon, Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Short Term 12 plays a successful architect named Bonnie who 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. Emphatically denying 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.

The Light of the Moon intimately and realistically explores the six weeks after a woman is sexually assaulted during a night out with friends in New York City,” says filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson in her director’s statement. “I am humbled to tell this important story, especially at such a crucial time, when rape culture has become prolific on campuses, in our media, and in our power structures. The film, told solely from the perspective of a female rape survivor, is based on personal accounts from two of my friends, who unfortunately endured similar experiences. The story is also supported by subsequent extensive research with other rape survivors, social workers, health professionals, and law enforcement officers.”

The Light of the Moon costars Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, and Catherine Curtin. The film receives its world premiere on Sunday at the SXSW Festival in Austin.

Watch an exclusive clip from The Light of the Moon, above.