Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s the latest dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media:

Harriet, the real-life story of  the iconic woman of African-American freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman will arrive in theaters on November 1st. The Focus Features release stars Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo (WidowsBad Times at the El Royale), Leslie Odom Jr. (HamiltonMurder on the Orient Express), Janelle Monáe (Hidden FiguresUglyDolls), and Joe Alwyn (The FavouriteMary Queen of Scots). The film is directed by Kasi Lemmons (Luke CageTalk to Me), who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the TitansAli).

Amazingly, Harriet is apparently the first feature-length dramatic film to recount the saga Tubman’s escape from slavery and her subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in pre-Civil War America. I’m told the movie will not shy away from showing how Tubman’s faith in God strengthened her in her death-defying missions that involved trekking through nearly 100 miles of secret trails to get gain freedom for more than 70 slaves.

While it’s amazing that it took so long to make a movie about Tubman’s life, at least it’s arriving before the ridiculously-delayed $20 bill which is now apparently set to debut in 2028.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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