A United Kingdom

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2016

This has to be the best movie I’ve seen this year!

It is a heart-warming true story of unwavering love and triumph over adversity.

It is the story of Seretsi Khama, heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (Botswana) and Ruth Williams, the White woman he meets in 1948, while studying in London. They fall deeply in love and despite her family frowning on the union, and Seretsi’s Uncle forbidding the marriage, they marry and return to Bechuanaland.

Ruth is met with hostility from her husband’s family, tribe members and the British and South African Governments.
Seretsi is torn apart. He loves his country but he also loves his wife and implores his people to understand that he cannot be a good leader without the woman he loves at his side.

He is eventually exiled from his country and lives alone in London, while a pregnant Ruth stays behind in Bechuanaland.

The rest is history! However this story of their eventual triumph over all is a masterpiece. David Oyelowo gives as brilliant a performance as Seretsi as he did as Martin Luther King in ‘Selma’ and Rosamund Pike gives a sterling performance in her role as Ruth.

South African stars Terry Phetto and Vusi Kunene are also notable members of the extraordinary cast.

If you see one movie this year, make it A United Kingdom. You will be inspired long after the final credits have run.

Sorry to wax lyrical, but this thought provoking look into the past makes for a remarkable historical romantic drama.

Directed by Amma Asante, produced by Brunson Green, Charlie Mason, Rick McCallum,Cameron McCracken, Justin Moore-Lewy and David Oyelowo, and distributed by Pathè UK, United Kingdom will be released countrywide on Friday, 09 December.

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