Athena Film Festival Feature:
Belle is inspired by the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a colored woman and a British naval officer. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle & his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, but her color prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. Yet, Belle uses her presence and intelligence to help inform the thinking of her father figure, Lord Mansfield, as he deliberates the most pressing issue of the time – the abolition of slavery.
SPARK will be on-the-ground covering the Athena Film Festival this weekend- stay tuned for updates, photos, and film reviews! This is the film that kicked off the festival last night. It’ll hit theaters in THIS spring. -Katy