Moonlight, and Q&A with Barry Jenkins

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With Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins, along with a brilliant ensemble cast and a crackerjack crew, has succeeded—in ways that perhaps no other filmmaker has managed this century—in making an authentically human spirit shine on screen. As an African American boy moves from childhood to adolescence to manhood, we are invited to swim in his discoveries of pain and ecstasy, love and betrayal, fear and hope. This is a film that will linger with you for weeks, one you’ll want to experience again and again for that clear glimpse of cinematic humanity. 

A Q&A with writer/director Barry Jenkins follows the screening.

See all films in The Contenders 2016 series.


$12 General Admission 
$8 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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Refunds cannot be provided.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash or check only)
Food and Drink: Enjoy happy hour in our open courtyard café, AMMO at the Hammer beginning at 4 p.m. Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. 
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

The Hollywood Reporter is the Official Media Sponsor of The Contenders.