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Film In The Garden: ‘Belle’


  • WHEN Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:45 p.m.
  • WHERE Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado , San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Directed by Amma Asante

This film reveals the story behind the unusual 18th-century portrait of two young Englishwomen - one white and one black. While viewers of the painting had assumed the black woman was as servant, later research identified her as a cousin of the other women, born of an illegitimate relationship, but raised along with her cousin in the same aristocratic household. "Belle" gives a fictional account of this woman's life including historical details about the legal work of the great-uncle who fondly raised her and played a role in the abolition of slavery in England.

This summer sit under the stars and enjoy the 2013 British period drama "Belle" (PG) directed by Amma Asante.

Related Exhibition: Art of the Portrait

Due to popular demand, the Museum's summer film series has moved to the Botanical Garden east of the Museum to accommodate more attendees. Films are free and open to the public.

Grab a blanket, bring a few friends, and be sure to arrive early for a good seat on the lawn. Bring your own picnic dinner or order from Panama 66 (kitchen open until 5 p.m., Grab-n-Go available until supplies last). Please note alcoholic beverages are allowed in Balboa Park until 8 p.m. Films begin at sundown.

Located on the Botanical Lawn east of the Museum.

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