A new movie titled ‘HARRIET’ starring Black British singer and actress Cynthia Erivo, throws more light on the efforts of and roles played by women in abolishing the slave trade.
Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the movie depicts the life of abolitionist and activist, Harriet Tubman who after escaping enslavement at twenty-seven years in 1849, became responsible for leading seventy other slaves to freedom.
The movie throws its audience into the thrilling and inspirational life of this iconic African American freedom fighter, as it tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of the greatest heroes in Black History. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity which freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history is depicted in the movie.
The movie is not merely about the path to freedom. It’s about the tensions between blacks who were born free versus blacks who were born in chains, about the gendered work of abolitionism, about laws shifting under the nation’s feet and paving the path to Civil War which endangered the lives of those formerly enslaved and saw Tubman as one of the only women in the Civil War to lead a military patrol.
The movie takes the audience on an exciting journey, dredging up odd romantic and religious energy along the way. Harriet was premiered on September 10, 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit US theaters on November 1, 2019.
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