1st Edition

Moonlight Screening Black Queer Youth

By Maria Flood Copyright 2022
    124 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    124 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book helps readers understand Moonlight’s profound political and social importance, the innovative technical choices adopted by director Barry Jenkins and the film’s adoption and disruption of traditional coming-of-age themes through the specific prism of Chiron’s childhood and youth.

    Moonlight (2016) is an intensely moving and poetically rendered coming-of-age story about a young gay Black boy, Chiron. Highly praised by both critics and audiences internationally, it garnered a surprise Best Picture win at the 2017 Academy Awards, enshrining its significance within a global cinematic canon. This book provides an account of how Moonlight can be situated in relation to African American youth films, contemporary queer cinema and its appeal to the youth market and representations of non-normative childhood and adolescence. It analyses the reception of Moonlight in terms of its form and profound emotional impact on spectators offerning new visions of African American boyhoods while also contributing an extended exploration of the social and political context of the film in relation to Obama, Trump and diversity in filmmaking.

    Highlighting to students and scholars the powerful emotional pull of Moonlight and why it is a highly significant film, this book is ideal for those interested in critical race studies, queer theory, youth cinema, African American cinema and LGBTQ cinema.


    Chapter 1 ‘A Film We’ve Been Waiting For’: The Social and Cultural Contexts of Moonlight

    Chapter 2 Moonlight and Black Masculinity on Screen

    Chapter 3 Moonlight as Queer Cinema

    Chapter 4 Watching Moonlight: Narrative, Setting and Symbolism

    Chapter 5 Empathy, Universality and Black Boyhood in Moonlight

    Epilogue Love and Moonlight


    Maria Flood is Lecturer in World Cinema at Liverpool University. She is the author of France, Algeria and the Moving Image (2017) and has published on Francophone cinemas of the Maghreb, world cinema and political violence and terrorism and ethics in documentary film.