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A United Kingdom (2016)

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Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

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Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

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Rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Reunites David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike from Jack Reacher (2012). See more »

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The Chevrolet that the prince and his new bride were travelling around in displayed faded paintwork, but at the time the event was taking place, it would have been a new car. See more »

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Alistair Canning: [from the trailer] Now you'll see how an empire defends itself Mr Khama
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I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Words by Al Neiburg
Music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
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A credit to all involved
17 November 2016 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

In the hands of a lesser director than the hugely talented Amma Asante, "A United Kingdom" might have been nothing more than another inter-racial romance cloaked in a veil of sickly sentimentality but, like "Belle" before it, this remarkable film works both as a genuinely moving love story but, more significantly, as a powerful political tract that draws attention to a very shameful period in recent British history with neither the Tory nor Labour governments coming out of it smelling of roses.

It is the story of Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, now Botswana, who, while a student in London, fell in love with and married Ruth Williams, English and, more crucially, white bringing her back to his homeland as his queen, much to the chagrin and disapproval of both the British and South African governments and his own people. However, like all good love stories, if not quite all fairy tales, Ruth's tenacity soon wins over the people of Bechuanaland while the jaundiced, racist government of the UK proves a somewhat greater obstacle.

The events portrayed in the film actually took place but until now haven't't been much discussed here in the UK. Even today inter-racial love stories can be unpopular and sadly racism remains a major issue that has yet to be eradicated. It is testament to both Seretse and to Ruth that their actions were finally instrumental in bringing democracy to Botswana with Seretse renouncing his kingship and becoming the first democratically elected president of his country.

In these roles both David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike are superb and there is sterling work from an outstanding supporting cast. If the feelgood factor seems at times a tad on the heavy side in Guy Hibbert's screenplay it is still heartening to see a movie about love and about race that is largely unsentimental and politically astute. It is also gorgeously shot by Sam McCurdy and is a credit to all involved.


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