directed by Amma Asante
UK, 2013, English, 105 minutes
Based on the life of historical figure Dido Elizabeth Belle, “Belle” tells the story of the mixed–race daughter of a British Naval officer and an African woman. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Dido meets John Davinier, a young lawyer and apprentice of Lord Mansfield. John and Dido’s meeting is the beginning of a love story that catapults Dido onto a path of self-discovery.