The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
We meet Harriet (Cynthia Erivo in a towering performance) as a slave, trying to get her owners to accept a lawyer’s letter stating that if she and her free husband have children, the young ones will be free as well. Her fortunes take her to Philadelphia where she meets William Still (Leslie Odom Jr), the founder of an abolitionist centre welcoming escaped slaves into free Pennsylvania.
From here, Harriet begins a dangerous mission of repatriating terrified slaves, helping them to a new life. Singer Janelle Monáe is luminous as the owner of a boarding house that caters to recently escaped slaves. ‘Harriet’ serves as a sincere tribute to a pivotal figure in American history.