Miss Panama

This film is available for the run of the festival starting the day of Thanksgiving 2021. To watch or to vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 6.  You also have the option to buy the Movie Buff Pass to watch all the films of the festival until December 15, 2021.


In 1980, Gloria Karamañites became the first black woman to win the Miss Panama competition, despite pageant officials maneuvering to deny her the crown. Reflecting on this history, her daughter Lamar meets characters who watched the competition live, and talks to friends and family who knew Gloria then and now, ultimately painting a vivid portrait of a country struggling with its own identity.

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