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Love Triumphs in 'A United Kingdom,' A Film About Interracial Love During Apartheid-Stricken Botswana

Tension runs high when an African prince and a white Englishwoman marry.

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Love Triumphs in 'A United Kingdom,' A Film About Interracial Love During Apartheid-Stricken Botswana

Tension runs high when an African prince and a white Englishwoman marry.

A United Kingdom is a triumphant film directed by Amma Asante (Belle), which tells the story of an interracial couple during the 1940s. The film follows the true tale of the marriage between Prince Seretse Khama of Botwswana (played by David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white Englishwoman who worked as a clerk at Llyod’s of London. Taking place amidst a time of racial division, their union caused political and diplomatic disruption that was unprecedented at the time. As a complex exploration of love and animosity, the film not only focuses on the couple but also on the rift separating the nation caused by the conflict of their marriage.

Set to be one of the most emotionally driven releases this year, A United Kingdom is slated for a UK release on November 25. Unfortunately, there is no news yet of a state-side release, but make sure to check back here for updates.

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