Free Press Journal

Miami to rename street after Oscar-winning film ‘Moonlight’


Los Angeles: Director Barry Jenkis’ hometown is honouring him and his film “Moonlight” by renaming a street after the best picture Oscar winner.

The Liberty City, the hometown of Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, inspired the moving story of a boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality while growing up in impoverished black community.

According to the Miami New Times, a stretch of Miami-Dade County’s Liberty City will be named “Moonlight Way,” giving a nod to the inner city neighborhood that both Jenkins and McCraney called home and served as the backdrop for their personal memoirs intertwined in the coming-of-age film.

“Moonlight Way” will be on NW 22nd Avenue from NW 61st Street to NW 66th Street – only a short distance from Liberty Square, where Jenkins grew up and where parts of “Moonlight” were filmed.

The movie is adapted from McCraney’s play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’.

“Moonlight” also won the best supporting actor Oscar for Mahershala Ali and the best adapted screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations.