Film: Belle (2013)

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Graham Auditorium/Hillyer Hall, 7:00 PM | Free
  • Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG. 

    In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. 

    This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait (below) of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. The film imagines Belle’s young life in British society. Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain.