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Watch the Riveting Trailer for ‘Moonlight’

Moonlight

Writer/director Barry Jenkins is known for bringing complex, rarely-seen portrayals of Black folks to the big screen. In his first feature film, Medicine for Melancholy, viewers witnessed an unconventional Black love story set against the backdrop of rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. In his next project, Moonlight, audiences will see a gripping coming of age story in three parts.

The film–based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”–deals with issues of sexuality, crime, peer pressure, poverty, and masculinity.

Moonlight centers on Chiron (Trevante Rhodes), a young man struggling to find his place in the world, and the film follows him through three defining moments in his life–from growing up in the ’80s amid the crack boom to the current day.

Moonlight features a talented ensemble cast, including Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, André Holland, and Janelle Monaé. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Watch the riving trailer for Moonlight below.

The film opens in theaters October 21.