Moonlight, based on Tarell McCraney’s play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, tells the story of Chiron, a young Black boy coming of age in 1980s Miami, navigating his sexuality and masculinity amidst a turbulent family life and the war on drugs. In the trailer, we proceed to watch him in three different periods in his lifetime. Films with leading Black queer characters in leading roles are a rarity in Hollywood; in 2011, Adepero Oduye made her big screen debut in Pariah, and Julian Walker starred in Blackbird in 2015.
Moonlight’s setting in Florida also holds particular significance: the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, in which over 40 people were killed, mostly those of whom were Latinx and Black. The film is a particularly poignant moment for queer folks who are routinely face marginalization and erasure in the industry.
The film also features Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, with newcomers Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner.
The movie is slated to appear at the Toronto film festival in September, while opening for limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 21st.