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I was called N-word, says ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2018-09-12 Nadia Neophytou
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  Director Barry Jenkins on the movie set of 'If Beale Street Could Talk' (Deux Soeurs)  on November 8, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images) © (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images) NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Director Barry Jenkins on the movie set of 'If Beale Street Could Talk' (Deux Soeurs) on November 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)

TORONTO - Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins says it’s important to keep speaking out when racism happens.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Producer Adele Romanski (C), writer/director Barry Jenkins, producer Jeremy Kleiner and cast/crew members accept Best Picture for 'Moonlight' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on 26 February 2017 in Hollywood, California. © Getty Images/AFP Producer Adele Romanski (C), writer/director Barry Jenkins, producer Jeremy Kleiner and cast/crew members accept Best Picture for 'Moonlight' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on 26 February 2017 in Hollywood, California.

Jenkins, whose film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar in 2017, is showing his latest film “If Beale Street Could Talk” at the Toronto Film Festival.

While taking part in the question and answer at the Toronto Film Festival about his movie, If Beale Street Could Talk, based on a James Baldwin book, Jenkins relayed an experience he had while promoting his Oscar-winning work, Moonlight.

He was called the N-word by a driver sent to pick him up during an award season party.

“So, if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. We must tell these sad stories.”

Jenkins says his latest film is a companion piece to Moonlight.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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