Janelle Monaé Makes Film Debut In “Moonlight,” A Gay Film Set In 1980s Miami

"This is the story of a lifetime."

Moonlight is a coming-of-age story about a young black man discovering his sexuality in 1980s, written and directed by Barry Jenkins and executive-produced by Brad Pitt.

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“Based on the play ’In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film tells the life story of a young man named Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) via three defining chapters of his life. Set in the 1980’s Miami during the height of Reagan’s War on Drugs, ’Moonlight’ follows Chiron as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, all while learning to embrace his own vision of masculinity as characters float in and out of his life.”

Told in three parts, the film is also notable for marking the feature film debut of R&B singer Janelle Monaé.

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Moonlight premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters October 21. Watch the emotional trailer below:

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