UNITED KINGDOM, A
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the King of Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), met Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families, but also by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold, and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire to transform their nation and inspire the world.
DIR Amma Asante; SCR Guy Hibbert; PROD Rick McCallum, David Oyelowo, Peter Heslop, Brunson Green, Justin Moore-Lewy, Charlie Mason. UK, 2016, color, 111 min. RATED PG-13
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