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Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins on What Scared Him Most About Making Such a Personal Film – Slate In advance of the Oscars this Sunday, where Moonlight is up for eight awards including Best Picture, we're reprinting this conversation from October 2016 between the film's writer-director Barry Jenkins and Slate's Aisha Harris.

In advance of the Oscars this Sunday, where Moonlight is up for eight awards including Best Picture, we’re reprinting this conversation from October 2016 between the film’s writer-director Barry Jenkins and Slate’s Aisha Harris.

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‘Moonlight’: Is This the Year’s Best Movie?

A.O. Scott | The New York Times>\ It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys […]

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