Ashton Sanders for Another Man magazine

Ashton Sanders' tender portrait of a withdrawn gay teen in Moonlight was a watershed moment in cinema. For the 23-year-old actor, it also ignited a personal commitment to stories with a serious social gut-punch. Speaking to Another Man, he charts his evolution from LA child misfit to leading man.

This weekend Sanders is in Captive State, a movie that is, frankly, a lot better and more interesting than you probably think it is at first glance. It’s a tough movie to market. Yes, it’s, ostensibly, about aliens who have taken over the world and how humankind has adapted and aligned themselves to our new leadership, but it’s not really about aliens. It’s a movie that explores what “normalcy” can become over time and the people who decide to fight against oppression.

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