Project: The Outlaw Harriet Tubman

“I had reasoned, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.” –Harriet Tubman

The Outlaw Harriet Tubman is a narrative film about an unlikely but true action heroine: Harriet Tubman. Although denied education and unable to read and write, Harriet Tubman was strategic, charismatic and a sublime griot. This film recognizes her as a gifted strategist, woman of action and a fierce anti-slavery activist, allowing audiences to experience Harriet like they never have before.

Awardee: Shola Lynch

Moving Image, 2015

Shola Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker based in Harlem. She is also the curator for film and audio at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Lynch has written and directed for CNN, ESPN, HBO and PBS. Her first independent documentary, Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Peabody Award. Her second feature, which was co-produced with De Films En Aguille, recounts the politically charged events that thrust activist Angela Davis onto the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. Toronto International Film Festival premiered Free Angela and All Political Prisoners; Code Black/Lionsgate distributed the film theatrically and it broadcast on BET. The film has sold internationally and won numerous awards, including a NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary. In 2013, Sundance selected Lynch for the Women’s Filmmaker Initiative. Her Creative Capital-supported project, Harriet, will be her first narrative feature.