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Crawley on Sense and Moonlight

“In being about sense experiences, it is about how one feels—and black religiosity, its history and tradition in the so-called new world, is all about feeling.

“At its best, when not colluding with white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, black religiosity allows us to learn how to love our flesh, and love it hard, in a world that does not deem blackness as loving or lovable. The characters typically would be considered sinners according to a lot of religious logics. So we have to think about the way religion is unmarked in Moonlight  in ways that create the opportunity to critique the way spaces of so-called sanctuary can become spaces of violence.

“This is the genius of Moonlight. The film wages battle at the level of feeling. Such feeling is often the taboo of dreams or sometimes nightmares, never to be spoken aloud, never to be admitted. You dreamt of her but are not into women. You think of him, how he sometimes hugs you on the court quickly but in that minuscule moment, your heart heats, chest heaves, but he’s just a basketball buddy. It’s the feeling that emerges in night terrors that makes you smile and open your heart to capaciousness, to expansiveness, to possibility.”