Common Watch of ‘Moonlight’

August 2021 

MoonlightSponsored by the UVA Law Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee and student organizations noted below

Register to Participate

To help the UVA Law community gather around a shared experience following a long period of social distance, students, faculty and staff are invited to watch “Moonlight,” the 2016 Academy Award winner for best picture, directed by Barry Jenkins.

Participants will then be invited to join small discussion groups to talk about the film during the academic year. These small group discussions will allow participants to meet new people in the Law School community and to hear how they relate to the story, which film critic A.O. Scott has called an “almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document” and “about as beautiful a movie as you are ever likely to see.”

The movie is available for streaming from the Law School Library, through which a Netbadge login is required. If you have questions about the Common Watch, email Professor Andrew Hayashi.

The Diversity Committee is hosting this event together with the Student Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Latin American Law Organization, the Law Christian Fellowship, Virginia Law Women, Lambda Law Alliance, and the Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association.

“Moonlight” is among a list of resources available through “Common Read: Continuing the Conversation,” a collection of reading, film and entertainment suggestions for community members provided by UVA Law student affinity groups. 

About the Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee

UVA Law’s Diversity, Equity and Belonging Committee is charged with helping to provide all students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to succeed and cultivating a sense of belonging for community members. We strive to ensure that each Hoo knows they are welcome at the Law School by making sure that their humanity is seen, that their contributions to the community are valued and that they are known by the community. The committee can be reached at