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  • Sat 5 Aug
  • 138 minutes
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Cast: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomi Harris, Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Jaden
  • USA (2017)


Presented in conjunction with Hackney Pride 365.

MOONLIGHT tells a story you may have seen and heard before, but not like this. Director Barry Jenkins' tale of a young man's struggle, told across three defining chapters in his life, is a striking and powerful revelation. Meet Little as an African-American boy in Miami who deals with his difficult home environment and his frequent victimisation at school by befriending local drug dealer Juan. Revisit him as teenager Chiron, who lashes out when  he struggles with the realisation he is gay and his complex love for his best friend; and finally as Black, an adult whose hardened exterior belies his extreme vulnerability, dreaming of reconnecting with his childhood friend. MOONLIGHT is an unforgettable landmark achievement – a sensual, thrilling, impeccably written, directed and acted piece of cinema that has much to say about the moments that define us, the people who shape our lives, and the love that can last a lifetime.

The screening, held at 2pm on Saturday 5 August, will be opened by the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, who will be talking about Hackney Pride 365, a community led festival that aims to celebrate the borough’s historic, diverse and boundary-breaking LGBTQI+ community, every day of the year. This will be followed by a talk from I’m Empire.

I’m Empire, said: “Growing up in Hackney and the challenges I faced as a young black gay person were hard – no one knew where to put me. There is a lack of visibility of black LGBTQI+ people, which can make it hard for those who are younger to have role models or even feel like they can come out. I want to challenge that by sharing my story to help inspire more stories like mine to be told and shared at events like this.”

The speeches and screening will also be followed by a Queer dance performance; expect vogueing, and Hackney realness.

To find out more about I'm Empire like him on Facebook or follow on twitter at @callme_Empire