Barry Jenkins’ 2016 drama “Moonlight” is an exploration of the life of Chiron (played by Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Hibbert and Trevante Rhodes), a black man who grew up in Miami. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” the film follows Chiron’s life in three parts: childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Chiron, also known as Little, is a lonely and withdrawn person. His mother (Naomie Harris) is a drug addict and he is bullied by other children for being gay, so he is alone most of the time. As a child, Little meets Juan (Mahershala Ali), a big-hearted drug dealer, who takes him under his wing to offer him love and a home, which opens Little’s eyes to a new world but comes into conflict. with the one he knows best. .
“Moonlight” made headlines for its Oscar win for Best Picture 2017, which was accidentally given to “La La Land”, and this blunder overshadowed the fact that he was the first LGBTQ movie as well as the first with an all-black cast to win the award for best film. As the film deals with themes of family versus chosen family, loneliness, black masculinity, and homosexuality among others, perhaps at its heart are the opposing feelings of longing and joy. . Chiron longs for the love of his mother, his crush and his friends, and between the spaces of his desire he sometimes allows himself to be felt joy. “Moonlight” is a one-of-a-kind film, which some have hailed as the best movie of the last decade.