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Trailer for Belle, Based on the True Story of a Biracial Daughter of a British Admiral

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born in 1761, the daughter of a member of the British aristocracy and a black African woman we know only by her name. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (geeks might know her as Tish Jones, Martha Jones’ older sister) plays the titular role in this film based on Dido’s life.

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  • Anonymous

    Period piece? With black person?!?

  • Willow Polson

    She was also Clea Hopkins in season 1 of Touch. :)

  • Anonymous

    It’s like my dreams have come true! Give me my movie now!

  • Bittersweet Fountain

    This looks amazing! I must figure out when/if this movie is coming to Albuquerque.

  • Anna Sophia May

    This is going to be amazing.

  • Alyson L

    beautiful. I can’t wait to see it!

  • Janelle S

    Also, the first black woman to lead a show on US network television since Diahann Carroll back when she did JJ Abrams failed spy show “Undercovers”.

  • Saraquill

    Yay! A film acknowledging the existence of mixed race people!

  • Ashe

    Consider this already watched.

    Like, I time traveled just to see it sooner. Yeah. That’s how watched this is.

  • Ashe

    Seconded. Mixed-race people are everywhere. No good reason this should be so rare.

  • Anonymous

    I know, right? This is political correctness gone mad! They’ve taken a real historical character from real history who happened to be biracial, and had the audacity to make a television series out of it!


  • Anonymous

    The 18th century should be a treasure trove to highlight the diversity and intermingling that actually took place but were thoroughly whitewashed and supressed in the 19th century when racism first became institutionalised. Check out Thomas Alexandre Dumas, father of Alexandre Dumas (Count of Monte Cristo), whose mother was a slave but who rose to be a general and a nobleman in the Napoleonic wars.
    There are also instances of British colonial officers in India marrying into local noble families and even converting to islam, sending their children to be schooled back in the homeland.

    While people of colour and other cultures were viewed with suspicion and condescension it wasn’t until the early 19th century that it became institutionalised racism grounded in vulgar biologism in Europe. Which then festered into something even worse.

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  • hh

    It looks like it’s just one movie. I wish this were a television series. But that might be *too* politically correct: a real historical character who happened to be biracial in our homes once a week.
    That would be CRAZY.

  • Anonymous

    Actually it’s EMILY Watson not Emma, common mistake but a completely different actress.

  • Steph

    True. But the OP may be thinking of Emma Watson’s upcoming turn as the live-action Belle of Guillermo Del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast. But we digress. :)

  • Anonymous

    “Check out Thomas Alexandre Dumas, father of Alexandre Dumas (Count of
    Monte Cristo), whose mother was a slave but who rose to be a general and
    a nobleman in the Napoleonic wars.”

    I just started “The Black Count” by Tom Reiss and it’s all about Thomas Alexandre Dumas. I’ll never understand how people can whitewash Dumas when he received blow-back from being a ‘negro’ author in his own lifetime.

  • Cranium Rinse

    Oh my god, I’ve been telling everyone I know about this book. General Alex is the first real person I’ve ever stan-ed for.

  • Lady Commentariat

    This looks like all kinds of awesome. Will definitely go see this.

  • Ashe

    I don’t like history being represented as it actually was!

    Makes it harder to support my personal delusions!

  • Angela

    You didn’t know black people existed in the 1700s?

  • Anonymous

    It really is astounding. I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dumas’ writing, we read the books in school, and it wasn’t until this biography about his father was published that I knew his heritage!
    Whitewashing doesn’t half cover it!!

  • Anonymous

    How sad that human stupidity has caused so much misery for so many centuries. The movie looks amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing it. (On a lighter note, I thought I noticed Draco’s [Tom Felton's] sneer. Glad to see there’s life after Harry Potter.)