Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples Run Time: 103 min. Release Year: 2020
Starring: Alexis Chikaeze, Kendrick Sampson, Lori Hayes, Marcus Maudlin, Nicole Beharie
This gorgeously shot debut feature from Channing Godfrey Peoples follows Turquoise (Nicole Beharie in a standout performance), a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother. While toiling seemingly non-stop in a rundown Fort Worth barbecue joint, Turquoise is preparing her reluctant teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to give her an advantage in an unfair world.
“A warmhearted and pain-streaked melodrama that’s deeply anchored in observation and experience.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“In MISS JUNETEENTH, the charming feature directing debut of Channing Godfrey Peoples, giving voice to black girls is a priority, not an option.” – Lovia Gyarkye, The New York Times