July 15, 2020 -
Writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples describes Miss Juneteenth as “a film about dreams deferred. It asks the question, ‘What happens when good news comes too late?'”
Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie, Black Mirror) is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen: she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.
“A warm, rich story of broken dreams, family struggle and emotional triumph that puts black Texas women in the center of the frame.” —Houston Chronicle
Dir. Channing Godfrey Peoples / 99 minutes / 2020