“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”  ~Plato

Amma Asante won the BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer award in 2004 for her first film, A Way of Life.It took her 7 long years to find the story of Belle through two beauties in a portrait, given equal standing, even though it was during the era of slavery in England. She found her Belle in Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who you may not recognize fromUndercovers or Larry Crowne right off the bat. 
The Process and Impact of Belle
Ms. Asante and Mbatha-Raw talked to David Poland about the process, the film that emerged, and their lives in the film business in this synergistic video directly below.  
The 2 minute video following shows the importance of the ‘Belle’ which was screened at The United Nations after a luncheon hosted by British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant at La Grenouille restaurant in New York.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Amma Asante interview 

​Amma Asante & Gugu Mbatha-Raw 

attend a panel discussion and special screening of BELLE at the request by the 
The United Nations

Film Screening of “Belle” Followed by Panel Discussion

Amma Asante, Director of the new movie “Belle”, the story of an illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, speaks to guests at a panel discussion following a public screening of the film at UN Headquarters. The event was organized by the Mission of the United Kingdom and the United Nations Department of Public Information as part of the 2014 Commemorative activities for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
​Amma Asante & Gugu Mbatha-Raw attend premiere of BELLE 
London, UK_June 5, 2014

Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  Belle’s debut in London was on June 5, 2014..  Click on the link above for the theatres in your city.
Ladies, Bravo! Bravo!
Camille Mitchell

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