Belle Film Clip - Miss Dido Lindsay

Belle Film Clip - Miss Dido Lindsay

Download or stream "Miss Dido Lindsay," an official clip from the motion picture 12 Years A Slave for use with lesson plans.  This clip runs 43 seconds and features Dido being presented to Lady Ashford and her two sons Oliver Ashford and James Ashford following a dinner which excluded her presence because of her mixed race heritage and the conventions of society.  Video files can be large and can take time to download.  Please take a moment to preview the clip on our site before you download or stream straight from our site into your classroom!


Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Bell, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain priviledges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, 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 18th century England.

Courtesy: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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