Harriet Tubman was the first woman in American history to lead U.S. troops into battle. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she led many men, women and children to freedom. She is known to many as America’s Schindler, yet her life has never been portrayed in a feature film.
They Called Her Moses is a dramatization about the life and times of Harriet Tubman written for film. The story follows the life of Tubman from her childhood in slavery to her work as a scout, spy and soldier during the Civil War.
Harriet Tubman has been a hero of mine since childhood and I feel a deep commitment to tell her story. I lived and worked in Detroit as a young woman, and there I experienced the extraordinary cultural richness of the African American community. It is imperative that we tell the stories of our great American heroes. Through her strength, patience and passion, Tubman reached for the stars and changed the course of our nation’s history. The filmic realization of her story will be an inspiration.
Three American scholars have read They Called Her Moses. Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, professor and author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero (Random House 2004), and Dr. Charles Blockson, educator and author of The Underground Railroad (Berkley Books 1987), advised me on the history and culture of that time. Mr. Anthony Cohen, Director of the Menare Foundation, confirmed the linguistic correctness of the characters. Their kind attention to my work has enabled me to create this powerful and well-researched screenplay.