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22 Feature Films Of The African Diaspora To See At The Toronto International Film Festival

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 5, 2013 at 11:29AM

A repost, considering the festival begins today!
Belle Pics

Amma Asante‚Äôs period drama Belle - a period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s - will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It stars Gugu Mbatha-RawMiranda RichardsonTom Wilkinson, Sarah GadonSam Claflin, and Matthew Goode

The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar's son who is an advocate for slave emancipation. 

Her full name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, born 1761, died 1804; she was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay (a white British Naval officer) and an African slave woman known only as Belle

Mbatha-Raw is of course playing the lead role. 

Tom Felton (from the Harry Potter movies), Sam Reid (playing Belle's love interest), James Norton and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) co-star.

Misan Sagay penned the script; Damian Jones produced.

And now the wait for the film's first trailer begins...

This article is related to: Festival Dispatch, Lists

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