The achingly beautiful, Oscar-winning film Moonlight has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Undoubtedly, it’s a film worthy of global attention. We are not exaggerating when we say global. The movie, indeed, has reached many corners of the world. Figuratively, if not literally.
During a relaxing trip to Mexico, Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, stumbled upon a bootleg copy of his movie. Jenkins explains that as he was walking the streets of Muna, a small town in Mexico that sits north of the Mayan ruins with a population of 11,000 people, he ran across Moonlight, or Luz de Luna (its Spanish title).
Completely honored, and humbled, Jenkins posted a selfie, holding the plastic wrapped bootleg copy.
In addition to this unexpected find, Jenkins also posted another video from his travels in Mexico as he had some well-deserved relaxation in Merida.
Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars, following a whirlwind of milestones throughout awards season. From cinematic significance, to critical acclaim, to its cast landing a Calvin Klein campaign, Moonlight is dominating conversations and spaces.
Imitation is a form of flattery, for sure. Bootleg copy or not, we are happy to see larger audiences having access to Moonlight.