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Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriett Tubman (masterfully performed by Cynthia Ervio); risked her life and escaped for freedom in 1849. This epic movie portrays her extraordinary bravery and journey. And the writers, directors, producers and the cast carried out an astounding job presenting it. But even before escaping, she witnesses the brutality by her slave owners, Mary Pattison Brodess and Anthony Thompson. (a smashing role displayed by Jennifer Nettles). Witnessing her family being severed as these hard-hearted people sell three of her sisters to distant plantations; effected Harriet profoundly. With all odds against her and the scars of slavery hovering over her, can this woman change history and secure freedom to the countless slaves in the south? Can one person make that kind of difference?
Come, travel with the cast of Harriet and discover, when your identity is at state, with your familyâ€™s freedom, faith in God becomes a valued possession. As circumstances get worse, she sets in motion an elaborate plan. But everything suddenly changes when things donâ€™t turn as hoped. Before her journey, she receives prudent counsel from Reverend Samuel Green (first-rate performance by Vondie Curtis-Hall). Hunted by vicious dogs and the son of her slave owner (this riveting entertainment portrayed by Joe Alwyn), and the only place to flee is into the river, she does the unthinkable. But what will the future hold for her? Even after reaching Philadelphia, the journey south is over one hundred miles away. Is it worth the risk to return for her family? Will the family come or resistance? Itâ€™s easy to declare what youâ€™ll do when youâ€™re not in the same predicament. Youâ€™ll meet people like William Still, a writer, and abolitionist. (Leslie Odom, Jr. spectacular performance). He introduces her to Marie Buchanon; (Janelle MonÃ¡eâ€™s extraordinary skills), an elegant woman, and a Â boarding-house proprietor who learns valuable lessons from Harriet.
Even some Negroes join in tracking Harriet. She has to adopt another route which, leads to a river. And this scene will mesmerize you as you watch her trust in God leads her to do what her family feels are sure to result in their death. As she walks farther, the water gets deeper until it reaches her neck. Harriet prays to God and you must watch the movie to see what occurs. What started as an avenue to accompany her family back turns into the Underground Railroad, the capture and release of hundreds of slaves from torture and freedom in the north. But will it this new world be enough, and a place of refuge and safe heaven? Not if the US government and congress have any say.
In reading about Ms. Tubman, what I admired was the reason she carried a rifle. Sure, you think itâ€™s because people hunted her like an animal. What colored person, during that time, wouldnâ€™t travel with a gun? Well, it goes deeper than that. Harriet was concern about the peopleâ€™s freedom. She resorted it to encourage them not to permit their fear to give up. Even after Harriet informs Mr. Still about her plan to return north to get her family, he thinks this is crazy. He insists she couldnâ€™t do this. With confidence and un-deterrent valiance, she replies; nobody can tell me what I canâ€™t do. This scene touched me because I often say to the naysayers and others who think Iâ€™m not good enough, â€œKeep your eyes on Vernita because I can show you better than I can tell you.â€
To those of us who have had the steadfastnes to fight for justice and what seems impossible to change, this film is a must see. And for any who doubts the power of God to use someone ordinary to do the inconceivable through, this classic film will empower you to dethrone restrictive thinking. If youâ€™re wondering will God answer a prayer when someone asks Him to kill their enemy? The response is unequivocal; no, He doesnâ€™t. But the Lord expects us to do as He says in the Bible. But I say to you,] loveÂ [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for]Â your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44, AMP, Proverbs 24:17; Romans 8:28, 12:20). Place those who oppose and harm you in the Lordâ€™s hand and watch Him grant you unprecedented favor while taking what they meant for evil and turning int into your good.
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