‘Queen of Glory’ Review: A Winning Indie About Immigrant Identity

‘Queen of Glory’ Review: A Winning Indie About Immigrant Identity
A Columbia U. doctoral student grapples with cultural expectations, demands and pressures while carving out her own path in “Queen of Glory,” writer-director-star Nana Mensah’s inviting and understated indie about immigrant identity anxieties. 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 humor and authenticity. Its small scale will likely constrain its box-office fortunes, but

Though thriving in the Ivy League, Sarah (Mensah) intends to relocate to Ohio to be with her colleague/boyfriend Lyle (Adam Leon). That plan is complicated first by the fact that Lyle is married with children, and subsequently by the unexpected death of her beloved Ghanaian-American mother. Sarah is thus tasked with handling her mom’s funeral and estate, the former necessitating a week-long event involving two gatherings, and the latter requiring her to do
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