Harriet for Teens not Children
Harriet was an amazing movie. I saw it with my husband and cried and cried and cried But felt pride and inspired. As an African American woman and mother of a 10 year old daughter, I don’t recommend this for children below 6th grade. I recently learned The Holocaust isn’t taught until 6th grade and frankly I feel similarly about slavery and the genocide of African Americans and Native Americans. I would further suggest that for children to get the most out of it 13/14 and older is best. The rating here does matter.
While there isn’t gratuitous violence- there is a lot of violence and it is very contextual, meaningful and in some cases painful. Where there isn’t violence, there is the threat of violence. While it didn’t bother me in historical context- the “n” word Was used and I know some other parents found discussions with their children around that use challenging if not desensitizing. For that reason I marked language.
Having gotten that out of the way, this film is incredibly powerful and inspirational. Harriet is nothing if not empowering and her story is clearly told. It does have to be noted that parts are fictionalized and my 10 year old who didn’t see it but read books about Harriet Tubman told me a set of different facts from her books. We appreciate this however as it has sparked a conversation about what actually existed historically even if not directly to her story.
I love this movie, am incredibly grateful for it and can’t wait to show it to my daughter when she’s in 6th grade.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness