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Miss Juneteenth

Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples

USA | Fiction | 103

15 Apr
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 United States
17 Apr
Fri, Apr 17 at 6:30 pm
Dolby Cinema at 1275 Market


A poignant story of deferred dreams and a mother’s love, Miss Juneteenth tells the story of Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie), who pushes her daughter to compete in the titular African-American pageant that she herself won back in 2004. So intent on having her daughter fulfill the promise that she feels went unrealized in her own life, Turquoise loses sight of the fact that her child might have different goals. Firmly rooted in its Fort Worth, Texas, milieu, the film also presents one of the most believable mother-daughter relationships in recent years.

“The natural luminosity of Nicole Beharie breathes radiant warmth into almost every scene of Miss Juneteenth, and yet it’s the lived-in authenticity of her performance that anchors this heartfelt story of a single mother in a low-income, predominantly black suburb of Fort Worth, Texas.” –David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Channing Godfrey Peoples

SFFILM Westridge Grant recipient and Austin Film Society Fellow Channing Godfrey Peoples received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The Fort Worth, TX, native is a writer and director who penned episodes of the TV series Queen Sugar (2016-). She was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 2018 “25 new faces of independent film.” While working on her directorial debut, Miss Juneteenth, Peoples participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive and Creative Producing Lab.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 103

Country USA

Director Channing Godfrey Peoples

Producer Neil Creque Williams, James M. Johnson, Jeanie Igoe, Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page

Writer Channing Godfrey Peoples

Editor Courtney Ware

Cinematographer Daniel Patterson

Music Emily Rice, Curtis Health

Cast Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze