January 24, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Harriet Tubman's courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. This is the story of one of America's greatest heroes


This inspiring biopic about one of America's greatest heroes follows slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman as she escapes her vicious masters in Maryland to find freedom in Philadelphia. Not content to just save herself, Tubman risks her life again and again on treacherous journeys back into the maelstrom to liberate her family and dozens of other slaves. Moving under cover of darkness through the Underground Railroad, "Moses" uses her courage and cunning to thwart slave trackers at every turn.
Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo portrays Tubman with the grace and righteous dignity the subject deserves, while supported by a cast that includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), as abolitionist William Still. Director Kasi Lemmons ( i) crafts a narrative as tense and thrilling as it is accurate, a rousing depiction of one woman's selfless struggle to change history, no matter the danger. D: Kasi Lemmons, US, 2019,

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards: Best Actress  (Cynthia Erivo) and Best Original Song.

Programmed in conjunction with the mixed-media theater piece The Just and the Blind (Jan 16).


“It is a rousing and powerful drama, respectful of both the historical record and the cravings of modern audiences.”

New York Times

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