It’s Friday afternoon and at this point, you’re probably in one of two camps:
- I know what I’m doing this weekend.
- What the *!#@ am I going to do this weekend?
Well, if you’re in group 2, then great news! I’ve figured out your fun weekend activity! If you’re in group 1, then I have found an infinitely better plan for you: go see Belle this weekend in theaters! Not convinced? Here’s a trailer:
Not only does it look like an amazing movie (The Mary Sue loved it!), but it’s also an incredibly important movie. It’s written and directed by two women of color (Misan Sagay and Amina Asante, respectively), and is based on the the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and an enslaved African woman named Maria Belle. Her story is so important not only because it is fairly common, but also because it helps to counter the media-driven notion that European history is only entirely white.
We want more movies like this to reach our theaters, and great opening weekend numbers are a powerful way to send that message to studios. Want to know where you can catch Belle near you? Check out Fox Searchlight’s listing here.
Now, go! Enjoy a really great movie with your friends/grandmothers/random work acquaintances/significant others. I know I will!