Miss Juneteenth

Friday, March 26 - Thursday, April 1, 2021

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. 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. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.


All screenings of MISS JUNETEENTH feature an exclusive video introduction from filmmaker Channing Godfrey Peoples, recorded to welcome back audiences to IFC Center for our reopening. Watch a compilation of highlights from all the filmmaker intros we received here.


  • Country USA
  • Running Time 97 minutes
  • Director Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Writer Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Producer Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, Jeanie Igoe, James M. Johnston, Neil Creque Williams
  • Editor Courtney Ware
  • Cinematographer Daniel Patterson
  • Cast Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Lori Hayes, Marcus M. Mauldin, Liz Mikel, Akron Watson