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Queen of Glory

1h 18m Drama 2021

‘Queen of Glory’ is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD programme 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.

What the critics say….

“part love-letter to her (Nana Mensah) heritage as a Ghanaian-American woman, part rumination on grief and life, part drily funny musing on Millennial angst, and every bit a typical New-York-indie kind of film…The film delicately explores the immigrant experience and questions of identity….But it wears these themes lightly, prioritising its characters over any kind of ‘message’. This is more a film to be felt than analysed”.

“Remember the name Nana Mensah — as an actor, writer and director, Queen Of Glory is a hugely impressive calling card” - John Nugent, Empire

“it glows with shrewdly observed cultural insight. Shining a rare spotlight on the Asante community, it is humane, humorous and gloriously authentic. A low-budget gem whose glory lies in its own roughness” - Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, The Times

“Mensah looks in loving yet critical detail at the milieu in which she herself was raised and, working with the cinematographer Cybel Martin, realizes a distinctive style that’s as memorable as the drama” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker


Nana Mensah





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