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"Moonlight" Is a Rare and Beautiful New Film About Growing Up Black and Gay

The forthcoming film Moonlight, out October 21, is at once particular in its perspective and universally relatable. Set in Miami in the late 1980s and '90s, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of a gay black boy—Chiron ("shy-rone")—as he struggles with his sexuality, peer pressure, and a drug-addicted single mother. Over the course of the film, he is taken under the wing of a sympathetic local drug kingpin ( Mahershala Ali ), and he finds, loses, and finally reconnects with his first love, Kevin.
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