New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: 52 Films By Women: Miss Juneteenth (2020)

By Andrea Thompson

A mother in a small Southern town who pushes her daughter to compete in the same beauty pageant she won? This is the kind of scenario that just seems tailor-made for one stereotype after another, from the kind of demeaning, stereotypical has-been so desperate for her glory days she decides to sculpt her rebellious teenage daughter into the same mold she once filled so well, despite her daughter’s clear objections.

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