Carry Me Home is a short film following the true story of Maria Ennals and her family. Maria is a young mother trapped in slavery who seizes the opportunity to escape when she encounters Harriet Tubman in the woods. Harriet leads Maria and her family through a number of trials causing them all to question whether or not freedom is worth the price they must pay to obtain it.
The Story Behind The Story
Harriet Tubman was not a woman who was content to wait for her circumstances to improve. When she was a young girl, she felt compelled to take matters into her own hands and improve them herself. Harriet Tubman (born Arminia Minty Ross) escaped slavery when she was 27 years old. But she quickly found that her freedom was not enough and that she must take action to liberate her fellow oppressed.
“There was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land; and my home, after all, was down in Maryland, because my father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were there. But I was free, and they should be free [as well].”
Upon this realization, she dedicated the remainder of her life to helping those who were enslaved to find freedom in the North. She fearlessly lead nearly 70 people out of slavery through the underground railroad. “I had reasoned this out in my mind; 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. I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” Harriet impacted many more than those that she directly helped escape to freedom. Her fearless work inspired and empowered many to stand up and seek liberty.
Carry Me Home begins in 1860 on the brink of the American Civil War. Harriet is determined to make one final trip back to Dorchester, Maryland to help one last group of enslaved men and women escape from the plantation where she was born. We follow Harriet as she embarks on this last journey through the underground railroad in attempt to liberate Maria Ennals and her family from slavery.