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Belle Movie

'Belle' Director Teases Potential Idris Elba Project

Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

Originally slated for development as a script for HBO, Amma Asante’s second directorial project, “Belle,” managed to defy the odds and attract F...

Amma Asante's Belle: An Important Film

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Sheryl Estrada

As a black woman of diverse heritage myself, which includes a grandmother who was biracial and raised in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1930s, where slavery only ended only about 60 years prior, this important film resonates with me.

Hit and Myth: Belle

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

Throughout this new film, we are invited to "look," and to understand that "the dominant white male gaze" is related to power in 18th-century England.

Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born in 1761 and died in 1804, yet the experiences that this film projects in its illustration of the past bear shocking resemblance to the challenges that black women (and black people) face in the United States today.

Bringing Slavery Into the Heart of Jane Austen

Misan Sagay | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Misan Sagay

Getting a screenplay from page to screen can be a long process, and this is doubly so when the subject is so different. In 2004 I conceived a Jane Austenesque, costume-drama feature film with a black female lead that also addresses slavery. It was inspired by a painting.

'Belle' Set To Offer A 'Surprise' During Limited Opening

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — British director Amma Asante knows how hard it is to get a costume drama off the ground — especially when it stars a black fema...

We Can't Wait To See THIS Movie

Posted 04.23.2014 | Black Voices

On May 2 Fox Searchlight will celebrate the story of Admiral Sir John Lindsay’s daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle, in the aptly titled motion picture, ...