Photojournalist Amanda Mustard returns to her hometown to investigate the decades of sexual abuse her family and community experienced at the hands of her grandfather.
Filmed over the course of eight years and told from the unique perspective of both survivors and perpetrator, Great Photo, Lovely Life
is a powerful portrait of intergenerational trauma, redemption and the corrosiveness of family secrets. A unique documentary for the unexpectedly direct and unflinching way it explores family tragedy and sexual assault, it places Mustard (who co-directed the film with cinematographer Rachel Beth Anderson) at its heart as she takes on the role of filmmaker, journalist, mediator, sister, daughter and healer. As a result, the film is less concerned with what took place than on the dangers of unexpressed anger and the devastating impact of remaining silent.