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Miss Juneteenth

June 19, 2022, 7:00 PM

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. In Fort Worth, Texas, Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen: she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, so her title means more than just winning a certification of her beauty to Turquoise. Her life didn't turn out as beautifully as her title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai has something else in mind with her immediate life…"In her remarkable, warm, and sometimes delicately sad debut feature, writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples sees both sides of this intergenerational struggle. What's truly special is that she avoids any histrionics. Ever since James Dean screamed 'You're tearing me apart,' filmmakers have craved that emotional explosion, but Peoples paints life in this Black working-class Fort Worth neighborhood in softer tones"—Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle.

Regular admission prices apply.

(Not Rated, 103 min., 2020)



June 19, 2022
7:00 PM


Maine Film Center
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Railroad Square Cinema
Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St
Waterville, ME
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