A group of friends and their troubled professor rise above a challenging semester and a raging pandemic to find their true voices.
MOON STUDENT (noun)
An individual who endures a shattering defeat, but uses it to become a student of life.
A person on a mission to dig deeper into everything, to find out who they are, and to uncover what their true purpose/mission is in life. Someone spurred on to grow after a devastating loss.
Lita is a Latinx immigrant living in a part of East Los Angeles where the expectations are low, people are stereotyped, and divisions run deep. After her boyfriend Antonio gets into an unseen altercation with their community college history professor, Mr. Ethan Cole, Antonio is suspended, leaving Lita confused over what truly happened.
Cue Coronavirus. Campus is closed. Classes are held remotely. The world is turned upside-down. Friends become dangerously ill. Cole loses faith in himself. Antonio becomes a drunk. And the mystery of what happened between Cole and Antonio starts to haunt Lita.
After a friend’s sudden death, Antonio opens up after a night of heavy drinking. Lita discovers that Cole humiliated Antonio, spurring on the fight. She convinces Cole to help Antonio, after she confronts him over his own misdeeds. The three then face each other one last time. When they do, they are changed forever.
Set during the 2020 pandemic and the George Floyd protests, Moon Students explores the power in speaking painful yet healing truths in the darkest, most challenging times—that is what it means to be a Moon Student.