It is situated in the neighbourhood where the film was set.
An important part of the story in Moonlight is set in Miami’s Liberty City neighbourhood. Most of the shooting took place in the area, which his also home of the film’s director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose play the Oscar-winning film was based. Now a stretch of Northwest 22nd Avenue in the area has been renamed as Moonlight Way.
When Barry Jenkins’s film won an Oscar for best picture, no other place celebrated the victory harder than Liberty City. The movie depicts the local community, and local people consider the neighbourhood to be part of their lives and a reflection of their culture. McCraney, who accepted another Academy Award for best adapted screenplay along with Jenkins, said about his Liberty City roots: “We can really be here and be somebody, two boys from Liberty City up here onstage representing the 305.”
“This movie – at least what I got from it – really depicts the life of how a lot of us were raised and what we had to go through and endure as children in the inner city. This goes out to children still living here in the inner city that are told they'll never amount to anything. It shows that it doesn't matter how you were raised or where you grew up; you can still turn out to be someone,” says Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who grew up in the neighbourhood and helped the campaign to rename the street.
Now, the relationship between the film and Liberty City are immortalised in the name of the street. Moonlight Way running from Northwest 61st Street to Northwest 66th is only a few blocks away from Liberty Square, the public housing complex where the film’s young character Chiron lived with his mother.Subscribe to our mailing list: