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Queer Film Festival: Moonlight

Sunday, 7 March from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Canterbury Film Society & Christchurch Heroes are partners in a dazzling six-film mini film festival which runs throughout Ōtautahi’s 2021 Pride Week.
All events are free/koha. Most screenings are at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in
Montreal Street, as well as one each at Lumiere Cinema (26 Rolleston Ave) and Alice Cinemas (corner Tuam and High Streets).
Check www.canterburyfilmsociety.org.nz to confirm film events, times and venues.
Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award-winning coming-of-age drama won Jenkins praise for his empathetic depiction of complex characters. Based on the unpublished play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Tarell Alvin McCraney, it tells the story of a young black man coming to grips with his homosexual feelings. It became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ-related film, and the second-lowest-grossing U.S. film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillon became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Reviewers have called it a ‘ravishing portrait of masculinity’.
Synopsis. This film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.
This event is free/koha and no registrations are essential. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis at Christchurch Art Gallery events and the Gallery will be open at least a half hour before screening.
Tickets for Alice and Lumiere screenings are also free but must be booked online or by phone and uplifted at least 15 minutes before screenings start.
For a full Queer Festival schedule, pick up a Canterbury Film Society brochure from city cafes, libraries or the Christchurch Art Gallery in Montreal Street or check out our online programme. Signing up for updates can also be done on the Canterbury Film Society website’s home page.
Parking: street parking is metered during the day and weekends but free after 5pm Mon-Sat. For Art Gallery or Lumiere events, the Art Gallery’s underground parking is $1 per half-hour. Alice Cinemas offers free parking during weekend and evening events (ask their friendly staff at the counter).
Enquiries to: canterburyfilmsoc@gmail.com
Let us take you further into film!
Cost: Free/Koha
Age: All Ages (Mature Content)
Chch Pride COVID-19 Policy:
– It is mandatory that people scan in using the QR code, or leave contact details.
– Please switch on Bluetooth on the Covid Tracing app.
– If you (or a close contact) is feeling ill; have any symptoms; are waiting for a Covid test result; or have been to any of the locations of interest at the specific times highlighted by the Ministry of Health and have not had a negative test, please refrain from coming to the event.


Sunday, 7 March
8:00 pm-10:00 pm
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Alice Cinema & Film Specialists
209 Tuam Street, Christchurch Central City
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
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