BET’s Film of the Week, Miss Juneteenth, is a narrative about mothering, dwelling by way of remorse and what it actually means to search out one’s voice as a younger Black girl trapped within the shadow of parental expectation. Set to premiere this week on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), this critically-acclaimed movie chronicles the lifetime of Turquoise Jones — a single mother that believes her biggest accomplishment is being topped Miss Juneteenth throughout her glory years.
Whereas not as often known as different common pageant crowns, Miss Juneteenth bears the spirit of the hundreds of thousands of ancestors who had been free of American enslavement (albeit two years after the Emancipation Proclamation). Performed by actress Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hole, Black Mirror), Jones makes it some extent that her personal daughter will proceed the legacy that she began years earlier than by reclaiming the crown…even when she doesn’t need it.
The movie is the directorial debut of Channing Godfrey Peoples and explores the difficult relationship between moms and daughters however is ready to keep away from the cliché tropes that may typically overcome these adversarial familial dynamics.
“As a woman rising up in Texas, I marveled on the annual Miss Juneteenth winner gliding throughout the stage with hope on her face,” Godfrey Peoples told ET. “Earlier than I understood the importance of the pageant and its goal of instilling satisfaction and self-worth within the girls who had been topped its winner, I used to be fascinated by the pageantry: its contestants had been younger, hopeful African-American girls.”
“Miss Juneteenth is a film about goals deferred,” she explains. “I’m so honored to have the ability to make this movie a couple of girl who’s the legacy of these ancestors, desperately in search of a option to make a greater future for her daughter.”
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Critic Lovia Gyarkey from the New York Times says, “The film tackles multitudinous themes in its roughly 100 minutes, from the importance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the top of slavery in the USA, to the legacy of racism in predatory financial institution lending practices. However what’s most spectacular is the quantity of house Peoples’s Black feminine characters inhabit within the narrative.”
Miss Juneteenth debuts on BET and BET Her on Thursday, November 26 at 8 PM EST/ PST.