In her beautifully nuanced and deeply personal documentary, Tracey Arcabasso Smith journeys across four generations of her Italian-American family as they uncover their shared experiences around sexual trauma, mostly for the first time, with unapologetic candor. As decades of secrets emerge, stirring home movies shot by the filmmakers’ grandmother cinematically create a backdrop that weaves these individual stories together across the shifting landscape of time. The intimate and poetic exploration reveals enduring connections and an honest window into what it looks and feels like to break the silence on trauma. Each conversation gives way to the intricacy of the human experience as a family bound by loyalty and tradition forges a new path forward.
Tracey is an award-winning creative director and filmmaker based out of NYC who was most recently recognized as an outstanding leader for effecting change and commitment to impact by Warner Media’s Future-is-Female Awards. She is known for her meaningful creativity and emotional stories across multiple platforms through short and feature films, commercials, digital experiences, and interactive storytelling. Tracey has served as a juror for The One Show and Cannes Lions and her creativity has been recognized by them and many other award shows across the globe such as The Emmy Awards, Webby Awards, ADDY’s, Drum Awards, Creativity, and more. In recent years, her focus has sharpened on exploring the intersection of thoughtful design and impactful storytelling in the service of creating authentic connections. She is currently the US Head of Design & Story at Deloitte Digital.
Jenya James Hamidi is an award winning producer whose body of work spans documentaries, commercials, interactive, digital, and live experiences. Amongst other notable awards, she is an Emmy-nominated documentary showrunner and a two-time Cannes Lions winner. She is a published academic writer, writing on the subjugation of queer refugees seeking asylum in the West. Her passion lies in leveraging the power of content across various platforms to effect social and cultural expansion, focused especially on impact through inclusive, accessible, artful storytelling. She is currently the Executive Producer of The We Collective, a female-run full service creative agency.