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"Words Are Freedom"

Night John is a 1996 made for TV movie about a young slave girl who lives a life of extreme poverty on a plantation. The young slave girl is known as Sarny. Sarny's whole life begins to change for the better when she learns how to read. Sarny is amazed that learning to read has changed her life for the better. However, her superiors are not very happy when they find out that Sarny has learned to do more then act as a slave.

Sarny's ability to read ends up getting her in trouble by her master. Sarny's master begins to feel like more of a competitor than Sarny's superior. Sarny is eternally grateful to the slave that taught her to read.

Sarny uses her new reading ability to help other slaves. Sarny was successful in helping save the lives of other slaves on the plantation.

PG-13
| 1996 | 1 hr 32 min | 6.8/10
Cast
Beau Bridges, Carl Lumbly, Bill Cobbs, Kathleen York
Director
Charles Burnett
Language
English
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Night John Trailer 1996|1:15
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