31 January 2017

Movie review – Moonlight a tale of self discovery

Moonlight is a film about self-discovery and the coming of age of a gay African-American man, growing up in an unforgiving society.

Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film is about a story of Chiron growing up a in a community where poverty, violence and drug abuse is ripe. Chiron had to deal with all the social ills including finding his own identity as a gay man in a homophobic society.

The film is set in Miami and is divided into three chapters of Chiron's life: as a little boy (Alex Hibbert), a teenager (Ashton Sanders) and the adult (Trevante Rhodes). In all this, he also has to deal with his drug addicted mother, Paula (Naomie Harris)

The film has an all-black cast and has recently scooped eight Oscar noms and won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. It's also been up for noms at the African-American Film Critics Association,The Critic's Choice Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards and was named the Best Film of The Year by the American Film Institute and The New York Times.

Moonlight will be released nationwide on 10 February 2017.
Thulile Gama