Moonlight

Moonlight ★★★★★

Moonlight is a voyage inside Chiron, a black boy struggling with his sexuality in the poverty-stricken area of Miami. In this voyage however, we are also accompanied by the lives of those who surround him and are affected by the societal restraints that keep them boxed into this community plagued with drug abuse, bullying, and violence. But amidst the chaos, there is Chiron, whom we see experience life's greatest pleasures as well as life's most brutal moments. Here, we find tenderness and pain. Truth and confusion.

Moonlight is one of my favorite films of 2016 and paints a beautiful, open-ended portrait of what it means to be black, what it means to be gay, and what it means to grow up under these circumstances, and if we ever truly become the person we want to be.