Moonlight • as part of Unicorn Nights at Pride in London 2017


Unicorn Nights presents as part of Pride in London Festival 2017 and UK Black Pride : Oscar Winner for Best Film 'Moonlight'

Proudly black and refreshingly queer 'Moonlight', based on the play 'In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue' by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Is a thrilling, deeply necessary work that opens up a much-needed and rarely approached on-screen conversation about the nature of gay masculinity.

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron (played by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders & Trevante Rhodes in each part), a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood in three key stages. Initially, we meet nine-year-old Chiron as he runs through the streets of Miami, chased by his peers. He attracts the attention of local drug dealer Jean (Mahershala Ali) who comes to his aid and with the help of his girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe),he gets him to open up as they take care of him at their home. It becomes a refuge for him, away from his mother Paula (Naomie Harris), a nurse with a crack addiction.

Chiron is withdrawn and lonely, a target for the boys at school who seem to recognise something within him that’s still a secret to Chiron himself. By the time we see Chiron in the second chapter, he’s a teenager who’s learned to survive by hiding his sexuality from those around him, slowly developing a tough exterior. he remains a bullied and physically abused outcast. In the final stretch, Chiron is a man with a fully developed guard against the world, a toxic masculinity that’s led him down dark and dangerous alleys to avoid facing who he really is.

This beautiful film by director Barry Jenkins surprised everyone by winning the coveted title of Best Film at this years Academy Awards, the first LGBTQ film to ever do so. We celebrate this monumental victory by screening it again at The PCC celebrating UK Black Pride and Pride in London Festival 2017.


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