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"I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them." - Harriet Tubman
In the first major motion picture about one of the greatest American heroes, director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) and co-writer Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans) present Tubman’s larger-than-life story as a triumphant, stirring ode to the abolitionist icon. Surviving under slavery in 1840s Maryland, Minty Ross (Cynthia Erivo in a powerful performance) escapes and finds her way across 100 miles to freedom in Philadelphia, and takes up her free name: Harriet Tubman.
Not content to enjoy her own newfound freedom, Harriet confronts the horrors of slavery with a relentless determination, and, armed with visions from God, returns time and time again to her enslaved brothers and sisters, freeing more than 70 people through the Underground Railroad. Operating under the moniker "Moses," she leads an exodus that does not go unnoticed by the slaveowners, who are hellbent on stopping her at any cost. Ultimately, this is a powerful film built upon Harriet’s courage, ingenuity, and tenacity, which led to freedom for hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
"[Harriet] leans into the excitement of Tubman’s mission so energetically it almost morphs into a heist picture, dredging up odd romantic and religious energies along the way." - K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair
Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn