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Produced by Oprah Winfrey, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Melissa Carter, Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. After a family tragedy forces them back together, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.The drama begins as Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner Unforgettable), a savvy woman living a upscale Los Angeles lifestyle, returns to her family home and reunites with her siblings, Nova (Rutina Wesley True Blood), a world-wise journalist and activist and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. Their newly inherited farm forces the siblings to rely on one another as they rebuild both the land and their relationships.

queensugars1dvdStudio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2017
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Run time: 571 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: A

‘Queen Sugar’ is a rich drama that develops each of the main characters and draws you into their lives. The acting is stellar and captivating. The new faces peeked my interest and did not disappoint in their delivery of the real life complicated humans that we are. I can relate to their perspectives on what is happening to them and I love the New Orleans agriculture background being included as its own character. Even actors I have seen before, like Dondre Whitfield and Tina Lifford, bring new dimensions to the type of characters they are playing so their acting evolution is noticeable.

Movie Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Inside Queen Sugar
  • Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Making Queen Sugar
  • Oprah Winfrey and the Cast of Queen Sugar
  • Deleted Scenes

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

The show depicts characters who are relatable, raw and authentic. The movie touches on life’s challenges that other shows do not want to market. It draws on many emotions effortlessly.
Overall Rating: 9/10