Smart and determined Ghanaian-American scientist Sarah is weeks away from the life she’s designed for herself. Sure, it involves a move to Ohio, away from her Ivy League position in New York, and yes, her boyfriend is married, but at least Sarah is in the driver’s seat. But then her mother’s death upends those plans as she bequeaths her daughter a small but beloved Christian bookstore in the Bronx. Helping and occasionally hindering Sarah on her unexpected venture is a motley crew of characters that include fiery African aunties, a charismatic formerly incarcerated baker, and some nosy neighbors. Writer, star, and first-time feature director Nana Mensah brings to life this hilarious and heartwarming story of confronting cultural expectations and forging one’s own path while walking between worlds—as so many children of immigrants must. The film’s strong voice and vision signal a talent we’ll be watching for years to come. –Faridah Gbadamosi
US CINEMA ONLINE OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Nana Mensah is an actor, writer, and director. Her acting credits include Netflix’s BONDiNG, NBC’s New Amsterdam, and the forthcoming Netflix series The Chair starring Sandra Oh. She has written on shows for Amazon, HBO, and Netflix, as well as original pilots. Queen of Glory is her first film.