Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

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Writer/director Barry Jenkins left Florida for California 15 years ago, but it was his cinematic return to the inner-city Miami neighborhood where he was raised that would turn him into an acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker. Moonlight, set in south Florida, has garnered awards and effusive, well-deserved praise.

Moonlight is an original, unlikely hit: It focuses on a young black man growing up in the tough Liberty City neighborhood, but it’s executed in a heavily stylized way that brings to mind European art movies. The film is very much about Miami, but Jenkins decided to write it in Brussels: “I needed a bit of distance in order to really dig in and go back home on the page,” he says. In this video, Jenkins takes us on a journey back to some of the key locations from the filming of Moonlight, and talks about going out into the world, finding inspiration, and bringing it home with him.

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