Miss Juneteenth, the feature film debut from director and screenwriter Channing Godfrey Peoples, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January and has continued to earn critical acclaim. Starring Nicole Beharie as Turquoise Jones, a single mom and former Miss Juneteenth pageant winner, and Alexis Chikaeze as Turquoise’s teenage daughter, Kai, the film is among EW’s “25 Must-Watch Movies of the Strangest Summer Ever”. So check out the film trailer above, and what you should know below… then get to watching on-demand!
Official Film Synopsis: “Turquoise Jones 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.”
Of the film, the Sundance Film Festival notes, “Miss Juneteenth is a soulful journey of a determined woman who takes on the burden of representing history, and generations of black women, while standing tall despite her own shortcomings as she marches, step by step, toward self-realization. Of the performances delivered by Nicole Behari and Alexis Chikaeze, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes, they “work together beautifully to show a mother-daughter bond that still allows each woman her self-determination.”
Miss Juneteenth was released on VOD/digital on June 19, 2020 and is available to watch from home on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and others. It’s also showing at select movie theaters that have reopened in parts of the U.S.
Lead image: Screen grab from film trailer, via Vertical Entertainment