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Starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland and Janelle Monáe. The story is divided into three different timelines, each focusing on Chiron – played by all the actors at different stages in his life. As a child, Chiron is nicknamed ‘Little’ because of his diminutive size and shy demeanour. He struggles with his mother and her addictions, bullying at school and becomes involved with a drug dealer.
As he begins to explore his sexuality, Chiron grows into his teenage years and becomes a more resilient adult, but the travails of his upbringing and the experiences of his younger years may never truly leave him. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It’s a superb study of an alternative narrative of black male gayness and also of the tenderness of hope and love in a life getting off to a wrong start and then through learning, guidance and hope ending up, secure in the arms of love.