Critically Acclaimed Film ‘Moonlight’ Celebrates Fourth Anniversary
Four years ago today, the Academy Award-winning film, Moonlight, was released into theaters.
Moonlight is the iconic film telling the story of a queer, Black man living in the impoverished area of Miami. The film stars: Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Janelle Monae and more.
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Moonlight was arguably one of the first LGBTQ+ films starring a Black lead that reached the mainstream media, and the first LBGTQ film with a queer POC lead to win an Oscar. Needless to say, the film was groundbreaking for breaking stereotypes and bringing to light the LGBTQ+ experience from a POC’s perspective.
Additionally, Moonlight broke barriers in terms of Muslim representation in the Western media, particularly for African American Muslims, who are often under-represented in Hollywood. Leading actor, Mahershala Ali paved the way for young Muslims to pursue a career in Entertainment being the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.
Today marks four years since Moonlight first came out, but it might seem to many of us like several lifetimes ago. The world can change so much in such a short amount of time. But there are a few constants: Black queer love. Black queer art. Black queer excellence. pic.twitter.com/YwyCboiz0t
— The Most (@Most) September 2, 2020
Now more than ever, this film stays in our mind as a reminder to Hollywood of the importance of diversity and representation.