Will HARRIET Shine a Light on Harriet Tubman’s Fierce Faith?
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
“Twasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust…you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did.” – Harriet Tubman
The HARRIET movie trailer dropped recently, introducing audiences to the bold Christian woman who escaped slavery only to return and help countless other slaves find their freedom through the Underground Railroad.
British actress Cynthia Erivo will take the titular role. Janelle Monaé of HIDDEN FIGURES and Leslie Odom Jr. of RED TAILS also star.
Kasi Lemmons, who directed BLACK NATIVITY, writes and directs this project. In 2013, BLACK NATIVITY was nominated for the Epiphany Prize® for Most Outstanding Movie.
Movieguide® previously recognized Katherine Craddock’s script about Tubman, AMERICAN EXODUS, as the winner of the Third Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Most Inspiring Screenplay.
“I’m just so thankful to the John Templeton Foundation and to Movieguide® for so generously encouraging the telling of uplifting stories,” Craddock said.
“…Really, this award goes to Harriet Tubman and the great men and women of the Underground Railroad. Their courage and their faith in action continue to inspire us today. If someone were to give Harriet this award, she would say, ‘It wasn’t me. It was the Lord.’ I have to completely agree, because the Lord is the best storyteller if we give our lives to Him. We should all use our lives as a reflection of the greatest storyteller, Jesus Christ.”
Tubman was raised Methodist and her faith drove her decisions.
In her later years, Tubman extended her care to the elderly and established an old folks’ home that where she was also cared for until she went to be with the Lord in 1913.It’s important to note that sometimes trailers can be misleading. In a short clip, editors can piece together a very different narrative than the story will tell during its theatrical release.
We must be Media-Wise and discern HARRIET for the truisms surrounding the heroine’s life. Her faith in Christ and courageous commitment to freedom should inspire us all.
As always, check back to Movieguide® closer to the release date in November for the full review.
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