In Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy director, Barry Jenkins, leaves the black and white love story set against a gentrifying San Francisco behind for the darkly brilliant kaleidoscope of 1980s Miami. His second feature maintains a lilting, poetic quality but is a more colorful, and brutal film by all measures.
In case you were unaware, being a gay black man in the South, even in Miami, isn’t as sweet as it may sound. It definitely sounds bad when Chiron is beaten down by bullies repeatedly throughout the trailer. Themes of black masculinity, peer pressure, fakery and racially idealized imagery permeate throughout, and hold resonance for most humans (and probably about 80% of rappers…)