Miss Juneteenth

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When she was a teen, Turquoise Queen won the Miss Juneteenth beauty contest. Now she’s a single mom and her daughter is old enough to compete in the contest. The high point of Turquoise’s life, which hasn’t turned out how she expected. She had such promise, but here she is approaching middle aged, working at a restaurant, cleaning toilets, no glamor, no excitement.

If her daughter were hung ho about the pageant that would be one thing, but Kai doesn’t care that much about becoming Miss Juneteenth and she’s outright against her mom’s idea for the talent portion of the competition.

The film is a slice of life and offers a touching, geniune relationship between a mom and a daughter. I saw the film at Sundance. I can’t find a release date for this film, which is a shame because it’s well worth a run in the theaters or at least a purchase by Netflix. The film doesn’t revel in foul language or gratuitous violence.

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