A United Kingdom

Based on the true story of Botswana’s last king and first president, Sir Seretse Khama, and his wife Ruth Williams Khama, this is a tender love story.  I cried all the way through it and LOVED it.

Seretse Khama

1956, Croydon, Surrey, England, UK — Seretse Khama — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

A United Kingdom is a internationally co-produced biographical romantic drama film based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.

Directed by a woman director, Amma Asante, A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo as Sir Seretse Khama and Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams Khama, together with several South African actors such as Terry Pheto as Naledi Khama, and Vusi Kunene as Tshekedi Khama and Donald Molosi as Kebelo (and more actors like Theo Landey).

A brief history of Botswana reveals that until its independence on 30 September 1966 (fifty years ago) it was a British protectorate from 1885 onwards known as Bechuanaland, mainly to prevent the Transvaal Republic from annexing it.  It was the poorest country in the region back then.  It is now the richest per capita country in the region with a strong, stable, representative democracy.


I strongly recommend this movie and I give it 9/10.


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