‘Queen of Glory’ is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, she bequeaths her daughter a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where Sarah was raised. A follow-up on the classic immigrant’s tale, Queen of Glory provokes laughter and empathy, as its heroine is reborn through her inheritance.
With a lived-in feel for the Bronx community in which her story takes place, the filmmaker generates endearing pathos from a story whose familiarity is offset by its humour and authenticity.
“Mensah evokes the intricate ties that bind immigrants to their heritages, and the way those connections can both aid and hinder personal growth and progress … Such dramatic efficiency extends to the material’s underlying issues regarding race and gender, which are easy to glean but go shrewdly unremarked upon, such that they emerge naturally from the action at hand.” – Variety
In her directorial debut, Queen of Glory was both written and directed Nana Mensah, and stars Meeko, Nana Mensah, and Madeline Weinstein. The film garnered two nominations at the 37th Independent Spirit Awards: Meeko Gattuso for Best Supporting Male in his role as Pitt, and the film for Best First Feature.
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