Moonlight is a timeless story of human self-discovery and connection it chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. When a child, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula (Naomie Harris) in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother. She is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him.
Moonlight is the story of a lifetime.
This is a movie that deserves to be seen without knowing too much about it. Barry Jenkins is poetic about how identity takes time to discover, something almost (if not) everyone can relate to. In 2003, Tarell Alvin McCraney wrote the semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue to cope with his mother’s death from AIDS. The theater piece was shelved for about a decade before it served as the basis for Moonlight. After the release of his debut feature film Medicine for Melancholy in 2008, Barry Jenkins wrote various screenplays, none of which entered production.
Moonlight primary location was Liberty Square
Barry Jenkins had grown up in that area, there was this sense of pride and this desire to support him. You felt this love from the community that I’ve never felt in any other location, anywhere in the world, and it was so strange that it happened in a place where people were expecting the complete opposite. This is a housing project located in the neighborhood of Liberty City, was chosen as one of the primary locations as both McCraney and Jenkins grew up in the area. The film was shot undisturbed since Jenkins had relatives living in the area.
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