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Reel to Read Movies: “Harriet” (2019)

Published: February 21, 2024; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 February 28, 2024    02:00 PM-04:00 PM EDT

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Reel to Read Movies: “Harriet” (2019)

“Harriet” is a 2019 biographical film that portrays the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman, an iconic American freedom fighter. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, the film stars Cynthia Erivo in the titular role, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles.

The movie chronicles Tubman’s harrowing escape from slavery and her transformation into a renowned abolitionist who led hundreds to freedom via the Underground Railroad. It delves into her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity, which not only liberated many slaves but also altered the course of history.

“Harriet” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2019, and was released in the United States on November 1, 2019. The film received generally favorable reviews, particularly praising Cynthia Erivo’s powerful performance. Erivo’s portrayal earned her nominations for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild. Additionally, for the song “Stand Up,” Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell received nominations for an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe.

About Reel to Read

The page meets the screen at Reel to Read, a curated series of independent and classic cinema. These free screenings, hand-picked by librarians, local authors, and film experts, include a Recommended Reads list based on the movie.

This event is free and open to all, but due to limited seating, registration is required. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 minutes before start time. After the event starts, all registered seats are released so we highly recommend that you arrive early. Please note that guests can arrive up to 15 minutes after the film starts. We reserve the right to prohibit guests from holding seats and late arrival. No food or drinks are allowed in SNFL program rooms.

Programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm EST


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