Queen of Glory

Sarah (Nana Mensah) is set to move to Ohio to live with her fiancé. She wants to leave New York behind and start over. Everything changes when an unexpected phone call brings her back to the Bronx, the neighborhood of her childhood, where she will have to rethink her future and confront her past.

 

Mensah, protagonist and director of Queen of Glory, exposes the identity conflicts that migrants face, the weight of misogyny in all cultures, and the struggle between traditions and life in a big city. The main story is punctuated by montages of Ghanaian rituals, thus tying the family heritage to the present events. As a counterpoint, we are introduced to Pitt (Meeko) and Tanya (Anya Migdal), respectively a rehabilitated ex-convict and a Russian matriarch, who will give much play to the conflicts that arise. Mensah’s feature debut elegantly balances drama and comedy. Her film received nominations, notably at the Independent Spirit Awards, and won Best New Narrative Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Credits

Year: 2021
Runtime: 78′
Country: USA
Direction: Nana Mensah
Screenplay: Nana Mensah
Cast: Nana Mensah, Meeko Gattuso, Oberon KA Adjepong, Adam Leon
Cinematography: Cybel Martin
Genre: Drama
Subtitles: Iris C. Permuy Hércules de Solás, Pau Velasco
Contact: Magnolia Pictures

Wins & nominations

2021: Tribeca Film Festival – Best New Director Award
2021: BFI London Film Festival