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      Becoming a Queen

      2022 1 hr. 29 min. Documentary List
      100% 6 Reviews Tomatometer A shy high school student who blossomed into a genuine star at her community's biggest event, Joella Crichton learned how to perform in front of crowds of thousands. In her community, she is a rock star of sorts. Carnival is a deeply important event, and its Queen is revered. Building on backstory from Joella's childhood and family background, this film will give viewers an in-depth personal perspective into the building of a Queen. But it will also emphasize and celebrate the intricate details that go into preparing for the competition and building the elaborate costumes; the history of the competition and Carnival in Toronto; Black and Caribbean-Canadian identity; and the fact that Caribbean communities do not hold the same narrow and exclusive standards of beauty as Europe and North America do. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jun 15 Buy Now

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      Marc Glassman POV Magazine Becoming a Queen is worth seeing but I can’t help thinking that a better—more hard-hitting– film about Caribana is waiting to be made. Feb 15, 2023 Full Review Courtney Small That Shelf A fitting celebration of one woman’s impact on a community, Becoming a Queen is worthy of its crown. Jul 21, 2022 Full Review Rachel Ho Exclaim! Becoming a Queen gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of one of Toronto's most well-known events. Rated: 6/10 Jul 20, 2022 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said The nerve-shattering ups and downs of building the costume, visualizing the event, and bringing together all the myriad details to make it real, leading to a benchmark moment, make this an eye-popping, provocative doc. Jul 19, 2022 Full Review Alan Ng Film Threat Watch Becoming A Queen. It will open your world in exciting and beautiful ways. Jun 14, 2022 Full Review Evan Dossey Midwest Film Journal Heartfelt and illuminating. May 30, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A shy high school student who blossomed into a genuine star at her community's biggest event, Joella Crichton learned how to perform in front of crowds of thousands. In her community, she is a rock star of sorts. Carnival is a deeply important event, and its Queen is revered. Building on backstory from Joella's childhood and family background, this film will give viewers an in-depth personal perspective into the building of a Queen. But it will also emphasize and celebrate the intricate details that go into preparing for the competition and building the elaborate costumes; the history of the competition and Carnival in Toronto; Black and Caribbean-Canadian identity; and the fact that Caribbean communities do not hold the same narrow and exclusive standards of beauty as Europe and North America do.
      Director
      Chris Strikes
      Executive Producer
      Chris Strikes
      Screenwriter
      Chris Strikes
      Production Co
      Callowgrove Entertainment
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 14, 2022
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