Logline: A chronicle of a young black man’s life from childhood to adulthood as he grows up in a rough Miami neighborhood and struggles with his own sexual identity.

Barry Jenkins’ sophomore film Moonlight is a masterpiece and one of the best films of the year.  It is a rare film about a gay black man.  However, the film is not exclusively about being gay and black in a poor neighborhood.  On a deeper level, the film is about the universal struggle to find human connection and realize our true selves.

Moonlight is based on Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”  The film is heartbreaking yet life-affirming; epic yet intimate.  At its core, Moonlight is a character study with three actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) playing Chiron as a child, teenager, and adult.  All three actors are phenomenal as is the rest…

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