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'Harriet,' starring Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo, celebrates Black History Month with free screenings

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Fri, Jan 31st 2020 05:30 pm

Focus Features & Regal to offer free screenings in 50 theaters around US

In celebration of Black History Month, Focus Features and Regal have partnered to offer free screenings of “Harriet” in 50 theaters around the U.S. on Tuesdays, Feb. 4 and 11. The film depicts the life of one of history’s most courageous African American heroes, Harriet Tubman, bringing her story to the big screen for the very first time.

For her work as the titular role of Harriet, Cynthia Erivo was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Actress and Best Original Song for “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell.

Moviegoers can get free tickets through Gofobo here.

Erivo leads a supporting cast of Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Murder on the Orient Express,” Broadway’s “Hamilton”), Joe Alwyn (“Mary Queen of Scots,” “The Favourite”), Janelle Monáe (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) Vodie Curtis Hall (“For the People,” “Romeo & Juliet”), and Vanessa Bell Calloway (“Coming to America,” “Saints and Sinners”). Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou,” “Black Nativity”) directs and co-writes the script with producer Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans,” “Ali”).

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, “Harriet” tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still (Odom Jr.) and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon (Monáe), Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad.

Witness the story of a woman who defied impossible odds to change the course of her life and the fate of the nation.

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