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Moonlight Tells the Story of a Gay Black Man and the Love That Changed His Life

Moonlight Tells the Story of a Gay Black Man and the Love That Changed His Life


You can't fight Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.

There's a noticeable dearth of black queer stories told on film. While filmmakers like Lee Daniels, Patrik-Ian Polk and Stephen Winter have made great strides in cinematic depictions of queer people of color, there's no, say, black Brokeback Mountain--the gay romantic masterpiece by which all gay romantic masterpieces are judged.

But from the looks of the trailer alone, writer/director Barry Jenkins might have filled that void with Moonlight.

From the film's distributor, A24:

Barry Jenkins more than fulfills the promise of his 2008 romantic two-hander Medicine for Melancholy in this three-part narrative spanning the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of a gay African-American man who survives Miami's drug-plagued inner city, finding love in unexpected places and the possibility of change within himself.

Moonlight offers a powerful sense of place and a wealth of unpredictable characters, featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Andre Holland, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali--delivering performances filled with inner conflict and aching desires that cut straight to the heart.

Watch the powerful trailer below:

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