Indie World Films in Owatonna: Belle

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Belle is a sumptuously filmed historical drama inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Increasingly aware of her position and left to wonder if she will ever truly belong, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. This is a costume film with a difference. It tackles slavery, race and the class system in Enlightenment Era Britain.

FYI: Only available to check out in Blu-Ray format.

Run time: 104 minutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs most 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the third floor Gainey Room at the Owatonna Public Library. The focus for the series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

All programs at OPL are free of charge. As always, films shown at the library become part of the permanent DVD collection after the final showing.