A United Kingdom


2017 | 111 minutes | Rated PG-13

What made Botswana a success and its next-door neighbor Zimbabwe a complete disaster? A part of the answer can be found in the new and excellent movie A United Kingdom, directed by one of the few working black female directors in the world, Amma Asante. The film is about the founder of modern Botswana, Seretse Khama, played by David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma). Though Kingdom's plot is centered on how Khama, a black African aristocrat, met, romanced, and married a middle-class British white woman, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), it also shows how their interracial relationship was a diplomatic mess for the UK government, which still had close economic and political ties with a country, South Africa, that made racial separation (apartheid) official around the time the Khama/Williams romance began (the late 1940s).

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Film Credits
Amma Asante
David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Charlotte Hope, Jack Lowden, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jessica Oyelowo, Arnold Oceng, Anastasia Hille, Merveille Lukeba