'Moonlight' Star Mahershala Ali Shares Fatherly Advice in New Clip

Rebecca Ford
The Hollywood Reporter

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins' critically acclaimed film, follows a young, gay black man growing up in drug-addled Miami. The story, told in three stages of his life, features several strong performances, including Mahershala Ali's work as a drug dealer who takes the young boy, Chiron, under his wing.

In a new clip, debuting exclusively here at The Hollywood Reporter, Ali's character, Juan, speaks to Chiron (played by Alex R. Hibbert) about identity, telling him a story about growing up in Cuba.

"At some point you gotta decide for yourself who you are," he says. "Can't let nobody make that decision for you."

The A24 film, which is expanding to 650 screens this weekend, first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival before screening at the Toronto Film Festival. It also stars Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes.

Moonlight has done strong business at the box office in its limited release so far. It earned $414,740 opening weekend in four theaters, giving it a $103,675 per-location-average, the top per-location average of the year.

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