Moonlight in three words – Beautiful, poetic and raw.

A portrait of contemporary African American life, Moonlight is an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship and love.

Hats off to the Director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, for a well-deserved Golden Globe award. Jenkins bagged himself a Best Motion Picture and has also earned the film an Academy Award nomination.

For a very controversial portrayal of the struggle to understand and conceal homosexuality through youth, adolescence and adulthood, Moonlight succeeds is transparent in covering these issues within these themes.

The all-black cast featuring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monáe is a refreshing change in the aftermath of #Oscarssowhite.

This film taps into your mind like a fly on the wall documentary and lays bare the physical and mental anguish carried by a young black male growing up in an all-black rough neighbourhood in Miami.

The film is a trilogy chronicling the story of The young boy – Little, Teenager – Black and the man Chiron and his journey to find ‘self’. Additionally, it tells the story of how to love and be comfortable in the skin God gave us.

All the characters who played Chiron have the ability to keep his innocence right through to adulthood. They also managed to also keep all he came in contact with, as well as the audience, at arm’s length.

This is an outstandingly candid and touching coming of age story about the struggle we all have with our sexuality and self. It shouldn’t just resonate with gay men or the LGBT community alone but with all. It teaches us all about the impact ignorance, homophobia and hatred has on a human being. Subsequently it shows how it could shatter lives and steer them in a downward spiral of self-loathing and doubt.

Moonlight is both heartfelt and real, and will stir emotion deep within. It implores us all as human beings to be more tolerant and understanding.

This film is a breath of fresh air and is perhaps the must-see film of 2017 thus far, and The Nubian Times awards it a well-deserved 5 stars.

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