Silent Beauty

An autobiographical exploration of one woman’s family history with child sexual abuse and a culture of silence

the story


Jas_Ame

The birth of my beautiful niece Amelia served as the catalyst for disclosing sexual abuse I experienced as a child. Sometime before her first birthday, I saw a photo of her next to my grandfather. That was the moment I decided that Amelia would know strength, truth and beauty.



 

AWARDS/SUPPORT:

  • 2016 New Orleans Film Festival’s Pitch Perfect Competition

  • 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale

  • 2017 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices Mentorship

  • 2018 UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab

  • 2018 Southern Documentary Fund Production Grant

  • 2019 Tribeca Film Institute Network

  • 2019 Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab

  • 2019 Jacqui Jones Memorial Scholarship by Black Public Media

  • 2019 Artist Residency and Fellowship at Ragdale.


Special thanks to Elizabeth Slater, Shea Spampneto, Amanda Tonkovich, Stephanie M. Peña and Rebecca Pham for guiding me through the process of understanding trauma, loss, and my experience. Thanks to Detective Knore for encouraging me to believe in my strength and truth.