Can we learn from what happened so long ago?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as BELLE

Belle is a movie based on actual events and far more than a period piece of manners and costumes. It examines the issue of a free black woman in the heavily striated British society of the late 18th/early 19th centuries.

This is the story of an illegitimate mulatto child magnificently acted by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is raised in affluence with an excellent education and, à la Jane Austen, once she’s an adult, provided with interesting marriage prospects. Coincidently, her uncle (Tom Wilkinson) is a judge who is hearing a case based upon the question of whether slaves are humans or things, a recurring backdrop of freedom and restriction.

This movie is far more than a costume drama as it is both intelligently written and well-acted, with the result a beautiful cinematic experience which is both intellectually and emotionally stimulating.

For more information on Belle, click on the photo.

104 minutes

Thank you to this movie’s sponsor


Muskoka Concert Association

Many years ago, in response to a need for excellent musical artistry in cottage country, the not-for-profit Muskoka Concert Association was formed. Since then, many world-acclaimed musicians have performed at the classic Gravenhurst Opera House much to the delight of all area music lovers. The 2014-15 season of four excellent and diverse performers begins on October 24, and our benefit concert, “Oscar Peterson, the Jazz legend and the Man I knew”, with Lance Anderson of Orillia performing will take place on October 3rd. For more information, go to:www.muskokaconcertassociation.com, or click on the logo above.

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October 27, 2014TracksSeltzer Design Partnership
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November 24, 2014Finding Vivian MaierMuskoka Natural Food Store
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