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A24’s latest film Moonlight captures black coming of age in 1980s Miami.

Hollywood has attempted many takes at capturing black masculinity in a coming of age manner. Boyz N The Hood remains one of the standard bearers some 25 years after its debut. Other films along the path have given striking views in regards to sexuality, religion and more. Independent film company A24 has managed to ring up a slew of top releases under its belt, including three this year alone. Their latest film, Moonlight looks to once again show that A24 absolutely gets it when it comes to filmmaking.

A24’s first in-studio production along with Plan B Productions, Moonlight is based upon Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Director Barry Jenkins uses 1980s Miami during the height of Reagan’s War on Drugs as his major set piece. That particular era of Miami, the rise of Uncle Luke & more pits characters and ideologies up against one another. The focus of the film is on a young man named Chiron and details his life through three separate chapters, from boyhood to adulthood. Chiron explores everything from his sexuality, romance and ultimately, what he feels it means to be a man.

Moonlight gives plenty of scenery for Trevante Rhodes to chew up in a potential star making role. The film also features Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Edson Jean and Janelle Monáe. Moonlight will spend time on the film festival circuit first before arriving in theaters on October 21st.