The film depicts the life of African American hero Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery in 1822 in Maryland. She escaped in 1849 and became a pivotal figure in the anti-slavery movement by conducting more than a dozen missions to rescue enslaved people using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
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Erivo has been nominated for Academy Awards for best actress and best original song for “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Supporting cast for “Harriet” includes Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe, Vondie Curtis Hall and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Kasi Lemmons directed from a script she co-wrote with producer Gregory Allen Howard. Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg also produced.
“Harriet” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10. The film has been a solid performer for Focus with $44 million in North American box office on a $17 million budget.
Screenings will take place at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Moviegoers can get free tickets through Gofobo here.
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