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HARRIET

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HARRIET
***½
(Story of abolitionist
Harriet Tubman)
Cynthia Erivo gives an Oscar-worthy performance as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a gripping two-hour film that begins with her early years as a slave and her flight to freedom.
Harriet’s story begins in 1849 when she is a young slave who escapes on her own, traveling over 100 miles on foot to Philadelphia and narrowly avoiding capture.
She is helped by many along the way and dedicates her life to helping other slaves escape to freedom.
Harriet has strong religious beliefs, praying to God to show her the way. She becomes involved in the early years of the Underground Railroad, risking her life to help hundreds of slaves find their way to the North.
Erivo captures the abolitionist perfectly, showing her growth as a strong woman who becomes an inspiring leader.
“God didn’t mean for people to own people,” she pleads as she becomes more and more assertive in her beliefs and her behavior.
The movie is an inspiration to young people and should be a class-trip for students.
The scenery, mostly shot in Virginia, is a big part of the movie, as is the inspirational background music.
Rated PG-13 because of violence, racial epithets and some profanity.

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