When the slave Araminta Ross decides to make a run for it before being auctioned to a new owner in 1840s Maryland, she barely escapes with her life. Finding freedom in Philadelphia, she chooses a new name for herself: Harriet Tubman. But a life of freedom gives her little satisfaction without those she left behind. Joining the operations of the Underground Railroad, Harriet returns to Maryland to rescue her family.
So begin the multiple missions to Maryland to lead others to freedom. And the film makes it clear just what it is that allows Harriet to continually risk her life again and again for others: it is her dedication to her Christian faith and her willingness to trust completely and totally in God. She prays constantly, keeps her heart open, and is obedient to what she believes God is calling her to do. Parallels with Moses are obvious, a nickname she earns among those she helps to save.
Based on the true life of historical hero Harriet Tubman, Harriet offers an inspiring look at what it means to depend on God in the face of obstacles that seem too stressful or dangerous to bear, reminding us that we are never truly alone. Because of the occasional violence, profanity, and intense drama, this film is more appropriate for older viewers.
Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes
USCCB rating: A-III
97% on Rotten Tomatoes
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