Join Karen on zoom for another Friday Night In to screen MISS JUNETEENTH.
to join the Zoom gathering https://bit.ly/film6-25 at 7 pm to chat and then everyone will push play at the same time on their own Kanopy accounts to watch MISS JUNETEENTH. We will gather again at the conclusion and discuss the film. Please contact email@example.com if you are not able to set up your own Kanopy Account.
ABOUT THE FILM
Miss Juneteenth is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples and starring Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, and Alexis Chikaeze. The plot follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2020 and was released via video on demand on June 19, 2020, coinciding with the 155th anniversary of the titular holiday. The film received critical acclaim. It received accolades from South by Southwest, the BlackStar Film Festival, and the National Board of Review. For the role, Nicole Beharie received a Gotham Award for Best Actress.
Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), is a single mother in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. She is the former winner of the local Miss Juneteenth pageant which offers full scholarships to college. She enters her 15-year-old daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) in the same pageant despite her daughter’s obvious lack of enthusiasm.
While other former Miss Juneteenth winners have gone on to have successful careers, Turquoise’s education was derailed by the birth of Kai, which forced her to drop out of college and for a time work as a stripper. To make ends meet she currently works at a bar and part-time as a beautician at a mortuary where the owner is romantically interested in her. However, Turquoise is still in love with Kai’s father Ronnie, and the two continue sleeping together despite officially being separated.