Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Resist Revolt Reform
Mind the Gap
Running Time:125 min.
Director:Kasi Lemmons
Producer:Debra Martin Chase
Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Gregory Allen Howard
Screenwriter:Kasi Lemmons
Gregory Allen Howard
Cinematographer:John Toll
Editor:Wyatt Smith
Cast:Cynthia Erivo
Joe Alwyn
Leslie Odom Jr.
Janelle Monáe
Deborah Ayorinde
Print Source:Stay Gold Features
Martin Chase Productions
Note Writer:Pam Grady


Harriet Tubman, the slave who freed herself only to return to the South to liberate others as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, comes to vivid life through Tony Award® winner Cynthia Erivo’s powerhouse performance in this thrilling biopic, beautifully directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou). Born into slavery in 1822, Tubman flees captivity by herself after discovering she’s about to be sold. One hundred treacherous miles to be crossed on foot ahead of a pursuing posse stand between her and independence in Philadelphia. Having tasted freedom, she risks it over and over again, unwavering in her determination to secure it for her family and others despite the tremendous risk. A scene-stealer in Widows (MVFF 2018), Erivo is electrifying as she embodies Tubman’s courage and devotion. With strong support from Joe Alwyn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Janelle Monáe, Harriet evokes the tension and terror of a flight to freedom while paying homage to an American hero.

EXPECTED GUEST: Director Kasi Lemmons, Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg

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After getting her start as an actor, Kasi Lemmons studied film at the New School for Social Research. Her debut feature, Eve's Bayou (1997), won the Film Independent Spirit Awards prize for Best First Feature and was recently added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Her other directorial credits include the features The Caveman's Valentine (2001); Talk to Me (2007),winner of a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture; and Black Nativity (2013).