‘Harriet’

Film Abolitionist Tubman, Underground Railroad

LOS ANGELES–“Harriet” is a biographical film about abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, it stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles.

A biography about Tubman had been in the works for years, with several actresses, including Viola Davis, rumored to star.

Miss Erivo was cast in 2017 and much of the cast and crew joined the following year.

Filming took place in Virginia fin 2018.

“Harriet” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 2019 and was theatrically released in the United States on in November.

It received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised Miss Erivo’s performance and found the film sincere, but formulaic.

For her performance in the film, Miss Erivo received nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (“Stand Up”).

In 1840’s Maryland, a slave state,

Araminta “Minty” Ross is newly married to a freedman, John Tubman, but still a slave herself on the Brodess farm, along with her mother and sister, while two other sisters had been sold to another slave owner in the South.

Her father, also a freedman, approaches Brodess about her freedom, as Brodess’ own great grandfather had agreed to free Minty’s mother, Harriett “Rit” Ross, and her family when she turned 45. Even though Rit is now 57,

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