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Movie Review: Moonlight

By Sejal H. Patel

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Moonlight
A film by Barry Jenkins
A24 (2016)

In the film Moonlight, we follow the life of Chiron, a little boy who is black, gay, and poor. “Who is you, Chiron?” is a question put to this child and to us, a question that transcends race, sexuality, and class. Chiron lives in the projects in Liberty City (Miami) with his crack-addict mom. He has to guard against bullies. He knows his sexual identity but is unsure of how to treat it. He aches for love from someone, anyone. As a mother and a lawyer, I wanted to hold this child in my arms. Moonlight is just that — an embrace set to piano and strings.

Directed by Barry Jenkins and based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight invites us into the life of a boy with three names — “Little” when he is young (Alex R. Hibbert), “Chiron” when he is an adolescent (Ashton Sanders), and “Black” when he is an adult (Trevante Rhodes). All the child actors are from Liberty City, a casting d

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