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HARRIET
2019, Focus Features, 125 min, USA, Dir: Kasi Lemmons

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's (Cynthia Erivo) escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. With Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe and Vondie Curtis-Hall. “Cynthia Erivo captures the spirit of Underground Railroad freedom fighter Harriet Tubman with enough ferocity and feeling to set this biopic soaring. … It’s a big role, written with dimensions of sainthood that might defeat a lesser actor. But Erivo is up to every challenge, never losing Harriet’s compassionate humanity.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


BLACK OR WHITE
2014, Relativity Media, 121 min, USA, Dir: Mike Binder

The racial divide suggested by the title plays out with remarkable power and nuance in the latest film from writer-director Mike Binder. Kevin Costner gives one of his best performances as lawyer Elliott Anderson, a grieving widower faced with raising his biracial granddaughter alone. But the girl’s paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) is concerned about Anderson’s drinking problem, and as the two sides face off in custody court, long-simmering issues of race and family reach the boiling point.


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