Kasi Lemmons on Harriet

Director Kasi Lemmons discusses Harriet

November 20, 2019 DGA Q&As in Los Angeles and New York

A legendary woman works to free others from bondage in Director Kasi Lemmons’ new biographical drama, Harriet.

Lemmons’ film tells the extraordinary true story of Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped her captors. After finding liberty in the North, Tubman then risked her freedom and her life to return to the South, and must rely upon her courage, ingenuity and tenacity to free hundreds of others and change the course of history.

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on November 17, Lemmons sat down with Director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) to discuss the making of Harriet. She also discussed the film in a conversation moderated by Director Richard LaGravenese (The Last Five Years) following the DGA membership screening in New York on November 20.

In addition to Harriet, Lemmons’ directorial credits include the feature films Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, Talk to Me, Black Nativity; and episodes of the series Shots Fired and Luke Cage. Lemmons has been a DGA member since 2000.

You can listen to Lemmons' Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Byron Gamarro (Los Angeles) and Marcie Revens (New York) - Print courtesy of Focus Features.

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