Moonlight is a deeply emotional, breakout African American male coming of age story that tugs at your emotions. The 2017 Golden Globe Award winner for Best Picture – Drama, Moonlight focuses on the life of Chiron, aka Little, aka Chiron, a poor African American boy living in one of the Miami area’s most notorious crime ridden, drug infested projects with his drug addicted mother. Broken down into three phases, the movie follows Chiron from being a scared little boy to a bullied teenager, to a grown man who grapples with the conditions of his life and his sexuality.
Written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), the powerful film follows the main character Chiron from age 10 to adulthood. It stars Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes as young Chiron, then Little, and the grown up man who calls himself “Black.”
Moonlight also features a wonderful ensemble of actors in supporting roles, including Naomie Harris (Spectre, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) as Chiron’s mother; Janelle Monáe (making her feature debut) as Teresa, Chiron’s friend and saving grace in a crazy world; André Holland (Selma, 42, “The Knick”) and Emmy nominee Mahershala Ali (aEmmy nominee for “House of Cards” and one of the stars of Netflix’s upcoming “Marvel’s Luke Cage”).
Moonlight is in theaters now. It is one film about discovering who you are and being comfortable with that you should go out of your way to see.