By Kim Scott
Amma Asante’s Belle paves the way for future costume dramas with the true story of Dido Belle Lindsay, the daughter of an enslaved African woman and Admiral John Lindsay. Set in 18th century Britain, Dido’s lineage causes uncertainty in regards to her freedom, but assures a life of solitude and continued prejudice. In the sea of recycled period pieces, Belle stands alone in its feminist-friendly portrayal of a woman of color. Just not for too long, I hope!
Kim Scott is pursuing a BA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She has completed various studies on film analysis and film history with a focus on feminist theory. In her spare time, she can be found reading (anything and everything) or binge-watching TV series on Netflix.
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