Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut Story of a Girl drew critical praise as it explored the story of a 16-year-old girl whose three-year-old sex tape with a boyfriend found its way online. The Lifetime film deals with the fallout from that revelation, as the girl endures endless criticism and bullying from classmates, and her father’s raging disappointment.

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The story seeks to show how a teenager can overcome a life-changing incident and escape a past that threatens to define her life.

“It’s about the fracturing of a family,” Sedgwick said recently during a panel discussion at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I felt really strongly that I wanted to make it. I was really trying to tell a story of how forgiveness heals.”

Based on Sara Zarr’s 2007 novel, the film starred Kevin Bacon, Jon Tenney, Ryann Shane, Sosie Bacon and Tyler Johnston. Laurie Collye and Emily Bickford Lansbury were the writers, with Sedgwick and Lansbury producing alongside Random Bench’s Liz Levine and Adrian Salpeter. Ross Katz is executive producer.

Check out the conversation above.