Missed Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight?’ Here’s your chance to see it for free — along with its makers

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Miami will bask in “Moonlight” Saturday when filmmaker Barry Jenkins and author Tarell Alvin McCraney come home to Miami for a free celebration of the Academy Award-winning film.

Festivities begin at 11:45 a.m. with a performance by the Northwestern High School Marching Band. It will be followed by proclamations and congratulations by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commissioner Audrey Edmondson and other local officials, and remarks by Jenkins and McCraney. The stage presentation will be held outdoors.

A 1:30 p.m. panel discussion will feature Jenkins and McCraney; local cast members Jaden Piner, Patrick Decile and Shariff Earp; and Norland Middle School drama teacher Tanisha Cidel.

The film, about one young man’s search for identity while growing up in Miami, will be shown at 2 p.m. The story reflects the experiences of Jenkins and McCraney, who grew up a few blocks apart in Liberty City but did not know each other at the time. “Moonlight” won Oscars this year for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Actor in a Supporting Role.

The celebration will be held at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue. The event is free but rsvp is required at www.ahcacmiami.eventbrite.com.

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