SYNOPSIS Brainy scientist Sarah Obeng (Nana Mensah, Netflix’s “The Chair“), a doctoral student at Columbia University, is weeks away from following her very married boyfriend to Ohio when her mother dies suddenly. Her inheritance? A small, but beloved, Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where she was raised in the tight-knit Ghanian immigrant community.
Tasked with planning a culturally respectful funeral befitting the family matriarch, Sarah must juggle the expectations of her loving yet demanding family while navigating the reappearance of her estranged father all while grappling with what to do with the bookstore.
Aided by an only-in-New-York ensemble of Eastern European neighbors, feisty African aunties, and a no-nonsense ex-con co-worker, Sarah faces her new responsibilities while figuring out how to remain true to herself.
Aside from capturing the “Best New Narrative Director” Award at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, QUEEN OF GLORY also won the “Best Feature Film” at the San Diego International Film Festival, the “Excellence in Directing” Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and “Best Narrative Feature” and the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Among its many festival nominations, QUEEN OF GLORY received a pair at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards including “Best First Feature.”
“Nana Mensah’s winning indie.. generates endearing pathos from a story whose familiarity is offset by its humor and authenticity. “– Nick Schager,
Variety “Mensah’s tightly conceived, witty and compassionate dark comedy is a love letter to children of Ghanaian immigrants and to the Bronx.”
Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter “In Queen of Glory, writer-director-star Nana Mensah has put forth a striking new York story that is both hopeful and true to life. Mensah proves herself a triple threat, marking the beginning of a bright new face in indie film.”
M.J. O’Toole, Hammer to Nail “Queen of Glory is funny and charming, bringing an intensely relatable tone and familiar story with a new edge.”
Rebecca Cherry, Film Carnage “[Nana] Mensah couldn’t have crafted a more impressive display of her many talents.”– Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest