The film posits the remarkable story and legacy of Harriet Tubman, foregrounding her stellar contributions to abolitionism. Tubman escaped her slaveholders in 1849 and rose to become a valiant conductor on the underground railroad. The film depicts her life in bondage as Minty, the abuse at the hands of the plantation owner, her many journeys, and brave acts of helping slaves escape through several risky plans. Cynthia Erivo plays the eponymous character in an Oscar-nominated performance. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe. John Toll serves as the cinematographer. The song Stand Up from the film fetched Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations.