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4 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Film, Best First Screenplay: Channing Godfrey Peoples, Best Female Lead: Nicole Beharie, Best Supporting Female: Alexis Chikaeze


Always bracing herself for what comes next, 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. Once, several years ago, she was crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slavery was abolished in Texas. Years later, Turquoise, is now cultivating her teenage daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.


Director Channing Godfrey Peoples has created a film that draws us deep into a tradition-drenched South that is rich with heat, sincerity and thick, Texan charm. In the center of her film is Nicole Beharie, giving an an undeniable performance as a woman striving to survive while finding ways for her and her daughter to thrive. A soulful journey of a determined woman and her headstrong daughter, Miss Juneteenth watches with respect as two women come to terms not only with their own personal history, but that of generations of black women.


"Life itself is messy and tough, but Miss Juneteenth finds its heart and humor. Beharie and Chikaeze ... bring to life the film’s best and most beautiful bonds. They’re both outstanding here, and Peoples’ skill at casting and directing eye-opening stars is worthy of serious praise and attention." — IndieWire

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Screenwriter
    Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Cast
    Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel Patterson
  • Editor
    Courtney Ware