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A United Kingdom

A UNITED KINGDOM tells the story of the marriage between Seretse Kama, the crown prince of Bamangwato in Botswana, and British insurance officer Ruth Williams, who goes against the British colonial powers, the South African government, and must ...

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A UNITED KINGDOM tells the story of the marriage between Seretse Khama (David Oyewolo), the crown prince of Bamangwato in Botswana who later became the first president of the Republic of Botswana, and white British insurance officer Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). The couple had to assert themselves against the British colonial powers, the South African government, and their own families. In 1948 a marriage between an African king and a white woman in a British protectorate very close to South Africa put the politics of apartheid into question and the disgruntlement of the South African regime had grim economic consequences for the British. In order to calm the South African regime, the British colonial powers summoned Khama to London and wouldn’t let him back into his country. His wife remained in Botswana and gained the respect of the locals with her patience and tenacity.

Afro-British director Amma Asante turns the colonial drama on its head with A UNITED KINGDOM after making her costume film BELLE. It’s visually similar to films like David Lean’s A PASSAGE TO INDIA or Sidney Pollack’s OUT OF AFRICA but circumvents their liberal yet white, colonial perspective. At the end of the powerful panorama pans over Botswana we see Khama’s home village instead of a colonial villa. It’s not about the collapse of an empire but a founding of a country. While the classic, imperialist film dramas show women who helplessly watch as the empire falls, Ruth Williams determination plays a key role in freeing Botswana. A smart film epic.

Tom Dorow (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Großbritannien 2016, 105 min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Amma Asante
Author: Guy Hibbert
DOP: Sam McCurdy
Montage: Jonathan Amos
Music: Patrick Doyle
Distributor: Alamode Filmverleih
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport
FSK: 6
Release: 30.03.2017

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