“Moonlight” draws on the real life of its director Barry Jenkins

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Critics are calling “Moonlight” one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Chiron, a poor, gay African-American in Miami. We see Chiron as a child bullied by his classmates and raised by a mother addicted to crack; as a teenager exploring masculinity and love in a world mostly devoid of both; and as an adult performing an identity that helps him deal with his pain at the expense of his true self.