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The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

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Cast

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Seretse Khama
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Ruth Williams
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Rufus Lancaster
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Sir Alistair Canning
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Muriel Williams
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Naledi Khama
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Lady Lilly Canning
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Tshekedi Khama
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George Williams
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Charles
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Dot Williams
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Olivia Lancaster
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Michael Nash
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Ella Khama
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Tony Benn
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Oluwu
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Fenner Brockway
Billy Boyle ...
Reverend James Manners
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Missionary
Kevin Hand ...
Manager
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Reverend Leonard Patterson (as Raymond Burnet)
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Prime Minister Attlee
Joseph Makwinja ...
Morgan
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Terence Bernard
Madison Manowe ...
Baby Jacqueline
Motheo Motalaote ...
Baby Jacqueline
Chelsea J. Scott ...
Baby Jacqueline
Donald Molosi ...
Kabelo
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Mr. Speaker
Duncan Wisbey ...
Commonwealth Under-Secretary
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Sir Ian Fraser
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Roberts
Justice Moilwa ...
Young Man
Motsheresanyi Sefanyetso ...
Dr. Moikangao
Gareth Matthews ...
Station Master
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Joe Appiah
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Man from Rhodesia
Letsomo La Tshipa ...
Village Headman
Sophie Matlapeng ...
Lesedi
Tapologo Manche ...
Woman in Rondavel
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Sefu
Will Featherstone ...
Reporter
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Reporter
Dave Perry ...
Idiot
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Idiot
Craig Whittaker ...
Idiot
Ookeditse Mosenki ...
African Girl
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Porter
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...
Midwife (as Kgomotso Tshwenyego)
John Mazabathi Mokandla ...
Naledi Village Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Boom ...
Wedding Guest / Office Worker
Domenico Caccamo ...
Member of Parliament
Julian Dutton ...
BBC Announcer
Jordan Indigo Isaac ...
First Lieutenant
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Crowd (uncredited)
Russell Churcher ...
Swing Dancer (uncredited)
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Press Photographer (uncredited)
Begona F. Martin ...
Student (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Sofia Fisher ...
Waitress (uncredited)
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Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Attila G. Kerekes ...
Oxford University Student (uncredited)
Wesley Lloyd ...
Traveller (uncredited)
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English Gentleman (uncredited)
Andrew G. Ogleby ...
Freedom Fighter (uncredited)
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Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Justified Prince ...
African Student (uncredited)
Lilly Roberts ...
Female Assistant (uncredited)
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Oxonian Boxer (uncredited)
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Air Passenger (uncredited)
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Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Amanda Smith ...
Member of Parliament (uncredited)
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Air Hostess (uncredited)
Miroslav Zaruba ...
Lindy Hop Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Amma Asante

Written by

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Guy Hibbert ... (screenplay by)
 
Susan Williams ... (based upon the book 'Colour Bar' by)

Produced by

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Theuns De Wet ... line producer
Brunson Green ... producer
Peter Heslop ... producer
Guy Hibbert ... executive producer
Veronika Lencova ... line producer
Charlie Mason ... producer
Rick McCallum ... producer
Cameron McCracken ... executive producer
Justin Moore-Lewy ... producer
David Oyelowo ... producer
Michael Solinger ... post production producer

Music by

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Patrick Doyle

Cinematography by

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Sam McCurdy

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Amos
Jon Gregory

Editorial Department

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Drew Armstrong ... data transfer
Michelle Cort ... digital intermediate conform editors
Martin Critchley ... data transfer
Theresa Crooks ... digital intermediate coordinator
Branden DeLangis ... assistant editor: trailer
Adam M. Duthie ... assistant editor
Marie Fernandes ... digital intermediate producer
Rob Garwood ... editing assistant: post production
Alice Jowitt ... data transfer
Dave Kent ... data io manager
Justin Lanchbury ... digital intermediate film consultant
Jonny Monks ... data transfer
Andrew Scattergood ... data transfer
Gabrielle Smith ... first assistant editor
Gareth Spensley ... supervising digital colourist

Casting By

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Sasha Robertson

Production Design by

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Simon Bowles

Art Direction by

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Shane Bunce
Andrew Munro ... supervising art director
Karl Probert
Justin Warburton-Brown

Set Decoration by

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Rebecca Alleway
Marinda Richter

Costume Design by

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Jenny Beavan
Anushia Nieradzik

Makeup Department

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Demi Amat ... makeup & hair trainee crowd
Cate Hall ... crowd supervisor: hair and make-up
Jenny Hammond ... crowd make-up artist
Selen Hurer ... crowd hair: daily / crowd make-up: daily
Line Kolaasaeter ... crowd hairdresser
Simone Stubbs ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Megan Tanner ... hair designer / makeup designer
Pavlína Zdanská ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Rebecca Adams ... post-production supervisor
Lukas Hares ... assistant production manager (as Lukás Hares)
Arthur A. January ... production fixer
Samantha Waite ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Grant Butler ... third assistant director
Louise Dawson ... crowd pa: dailies
Sekani Doram ... dailies: crowd
Westley Durand ... second assistant director
Edoardo Ferretti ... first assistant director
Annabelle Le Gresley ... runner/stand in
James McGrady ... crowd second assistant director: UK
Martin Sebik ... first assistant director Prague unit
Alessia Silvetti ... second assistant director
Michael Llewellyn Williams ... crowd pa

Art Department

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Matt Amos ... painter
Matthew Bailey ... stand-by carpenter
Mairi Claire Bowser ... Set Dec Assistant
Craig Carpenter ... painter
Kevin Day ... standby prop
Marcia Doyle ... art department assistant
Billy Edwards ... production buyer
Steven Granger ... assistant art director
Muffin Green ... property master
Grant Greenaway ... scenic painter
Rohan Harris ... prop paintings
Kathy Heaser ... key graphic designer
Julie Hill ... art department clearances
Nathan Victor Honey ... scenic
Neil Hornshaw ... props
Craig Jenkins ... driver: props
Kerry Jones ... painter
Dina Karklina ... assistant painter
Sean Leishman ... props
Dorian Millman ... painter
John Moolenschot ... construction manager
James Patrick Munro ... art department runner
Heather Noble ... draughtsman/co-ordinator
Dave Pearce ... painter
David Pearce ... scenic painter
Aurore Pegon ... key set dresser
Nina Putz ... set dresser
Dan Riches ... set dresser
Lance Smith ... painter
Lionel Stanhope ... hod painter
Kruger van Deventer ... set dresser
James Waddingham ... h.o.d. carpenter
Graham Ward ... stand by art director
Glen Young ... assistant art director: UK

Sound Department

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Jan Blazek ... boom operator
Chris Burdon ... re-recording mixer
Simon Diggins ... adr mixer
Karolina Dziwinska ... sound post producer
Al Green ... sound mix technician
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Lee Herrick ... dialogue/adr supervisor
Gareth Rhys Jones ... foley artist
Jed Loughran ... sound effects editor
David Mackie ... assistant sound editor
James Mather ... supervising sound editor: sound re-recording mixer
Thayna McLaughlin ... assistant sound
Luke O'Connell ... effects editor
Julien Pirrie ... foley mixer
Igor Pokorný ... sound mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith ... re-recording mixer
Mathias Schuster ... foley editor
Robbie Scott ... sound mix technician
John Soukup ... sound transfer recordist
Ben Baird ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Oscar Burt-Shearer ... uncredited
Richard Spooner ... additional re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Slobodan Velickovic ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Katrin Arndt ... head of production: Nvizible VFX
Tom Balogh ... visual effects editor: Nvizible
Steven Bray ... digital compositor
Kerrie Bryant ... visual effects coordinator: Nvizible
Agueda Del Castillo ... digital compositor: Nvizible
Graham Dorey ... digital compositor: Nvizible
Chiara Finello ... visual effects production assistant
Ben Fleming ... digital compositor: Nviz
James D. Fleming ... visual effects supervisor: Nvizible
Fiona Foster ... visual effects producer: Nvizible
Connor Guyler ... visual effects artist
John Hardwick ... digital compositor
Lurival Jones ... visual effects
Hugh Macdonald ... visual effects supervisor
Thony Perity ... systems administrator
Kim Ranzani ... sr. digital compositor
Marios Theodosi ... flame artist
Oscar Tornincasa ... digital compositor
Sanju Travis ... Compositing Supervisor: Nvizible
Christoph Unger ... matte painter
Luciano Vittori Jr. ... title designer
Tammy Willbourne ... digital compositor (as Tammy Smith)
Jamie Wood ... head of 2d: Nvizible

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lubomir Bachraty ... video supervisor
Graham Baker ... hod rigger
Jon Beacham ... a camera operator
Matthew Budd ... key grip
Michal Chadima ... additional camera operator / dit
Ilana Garrard ... steadicam operator: dailies
John Gore ... aerial octocopter drone
Callum Graham ... epk camera operator
Martin Granilla ... gaffer
Matt Hains ... assistant grip: uk
Steven Hall ... director of photography: second unit
David Holliday ... crane grip: uk
Stanislav Honzik ... photo shoot photographer / still photographer
Keegan Horn ... libra head technician
Stuart Hurst ... gaffer
Sean Kisch ... second assistant camera
Luke Payne ... assistant grip
Nick Poole ... camera trainee: UK
Sam Reeves ... A Camera Grip: UK Unit
Ian Scafe ... video assistant
Simon Shergold ... trainee spark
Emmanuel Chonco Sithole ... SA Supporting Gaffer (as Emmanuel Chonco)
Matt Markham ... rigging electrician: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting
Ruth Earley ... extras casting
Sarah Trevis ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jason Airey ... costume assistant uk
Karel Bocek ... set costumer
Gaia Cozzi ... costume assistant uk
Marco de Magalhães ... set costumer uk
Carlos Fontanarrosa ... costume assistant uk
Glynnis Harris ... wardrobe mistress
Sophie Howard ... set costumer uk
Andrea Illiano ... costume assistant uk
Rebecca Jempson ... costume assistant
Jessica Jones ... key costumer
Jess O'Leary ... costume supervisor (as Jessica O'Leary)
Michele Pluck ... key costumer
Marco Scotti ... costume supervisor uk
Sarah Touaibi ... costume assistant: UK
Sally Turner ... assistant costume designer uk
Robert Worley ... costume assistant uk
Sarah Young ... assistant costume designer uk

Location Management

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Jo Beckett ... location scout
Julian Bivol ... location assistant
Samantha Choat ... location marshal: dailies
Florence Cleverdon ... Location Marshall
Riki Dial ... locations marshall
Ish Faucher ... location marshal
Mark Grimwade ... location manager
John David Gunkle ... unit manager
Simone Khoury ... locations
Tom Marshall ... location assistant
Elliott Meddings ... location manager
Toni Nordli ... location marshall: dailies
Ruben Pereira ... location marshal
Ruben Alves Pereira ... location marshal
Johan Van der Walt ... location manager / location scout
Jason Wheeler ... supervising location manager
Kevin Wolf ... location pa

Music Department

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Emily Appleton Holley ... assistant music supervisor
Edward Babar ... composer: additional music
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestra
Peter Elliot ... composer: additional music
James Fitzpatrick ... contractor
Will Gardner ... track lay
Andrew Glen ... music editor
Martin Higgins ... midi preparation
Jan Holzner ... scoring engineer
Jake Jackson ... score and mix engineer
William Keel-Stocker ... composer: additional music
Vitek Kral ... music recording engineer
Robin Morrison ... programmer
James Rawlinson ... composer: additional music
Maggie Rodford ... score music supervisor
Paul Saunderson ... trailer music
James Shearman ... conductor / orchestrator
Miriam Makeba and The Skylarks ... performer: additional music
Nick Taylor ... score mixer
Will Temlett ... assistant to composer
Roman Turtev ... assistant music mixer

Script and Continuity Department

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Julie Hill ... script clearances
Jana N. ... script supervisor (as Jana Nemcekova)

Transportation Department

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Kgotla Appolus ... Transport/Unit coordinator
Graham Ashley ... unit driver
Wayne Green ... facilities account manager
Calvin Hayward ... Unit and Transport Manager
Jeremy Henson ... unit driver
Mark Hudson ... unit driver
Rich Maddock ... unit driver
David Nicholas ... facilities
Stafford.L. ... unit driver (as Stafford Livesey)
Barrie Williams ... transportation captain
Nigel Willson ... minibus driver

Other crew

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Kgotla Appolus ... Production Coordinator Botswana
Jacqui Barr ... marketing executive
Joanna Beckett ... locaction scout
Chris Besseling ... for Pathe
Valeria Bullo ... for Pathe
Lee Bye ... Head of Theatrical Distribution and Technical: Pathe
Ted Cawrey ... business affairs services: Cambiado Productions, Ingenious Media
James Clarke ... Financial Director: Pathe
Shona Collins ... for Pathe
Matt Curtis ... titles designer
Christian De-vos ... head of security
Michael Dovey ... Film & Media travel services
Pierre Du Plessis ... deputy managing director: Pathé
Johan Ewing ... legal executive
Bareen Farid ... for Pathe
Sophie Glover ... for Pathe
John David Gunkle ... Unit Manager: London
Andrew Hammond ... cashier
Fiona Harper ... assistant production coordinator
Nicola Graydon Harris ... unit publicist (as Nicola Graydon)
Diane Howard ... interviewer: journalist
Elizabeth Hurley ... location accountant
Marcela Jahodova ... financial controller
Jamie Jessop ... Executive For Ingenious
Trisha Joyce ... unit paramedic
Viktor Lonek ... courier services
Sebastian Magiera ... producers office assistant
Nichola Martin ... development executive: BBC
Eliot Martin-Dominguez ... for Pathe
Sonia Mazurek ... for Pathe
John McGrory ... for Pathe
Fiona McGuire ... head of physical production: Pathé
Harry Minter ... production assistant
Vaishali Mistry ... Legal Services: Ingenious
Teresa Moneo ... for Pathe
Amina Muneer ... for Pathe
Jack Myles ... for Pathe
Veronika Nemeckova ... production coordinator
Kenneth O'Toole ... assistant to director
Luke Randolph ... completion guarantor: for European Film Bonds
Len Rowles ... for: Pathé
Andrea Scarso ... Executive for Ingenious Media
Albert Sharpe ... e.p.k. director
Ingrid Simmonds ... Assistant Accountant
Lucie Simunkova ... assistant production coordinator
Wai-Hun Tang ... for Pathe
Lloyd Vanson ... for Pathe
Elize von Stade ... accountants assistant
Victoria Zalin ... production coordinator
Jade Gordon ... assistant: Tom Felton (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lucia Zucchetti ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Keywords
Taglines The true story of a love that shook an empire. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • A United Kingdom - Ihre Liebe veränderte die Welt (Germany)
  • Un reino unido (Spain)
  • Un royaume uni (Canada, French title)
  • Ένα ενωμένο βασίλειο (Greece)
  • Egy egyesült királyság (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $13,819,139, 23 Jul 2017

Did You Know?

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Trivia The house used as Ruth & Seretse's home in the film was the home of the real Ruth & Seretse. See more »
Goofs One of the British bureaucrats says that South Africa wants to annex "Botswana". At the time the story is set, it was known as the protectorate of Bechuanaland. It wasn't until 1966 when it gained independence that the name "Botswana" was used. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #45.8 (2016). See more »
Soundtracks No Baby, No Nobody But You See more »
Quotes Seretse Khama: [From trailer] No man is free who is not master of himself.
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