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A United Kingdom features an interracial relationship between Ruth Williams a white British clerk and Seretse Khama, who was from the most powerful Botswana tribe. It is difficult to imagine there was a time when there was controversy over an interracial marriage, but in the 1940s this was a reality. This relationship started a political storm in both England and Africa causing them to risk losing everything to be together. Before this movie, I did not know much about the history of Botswana and its independence. This movie inspired me to learn more about their history and the true story, which the biographical film was based. Combined with romance, history, politics, and intrigue, this story shares an important message about a couple truly in love and of equality. Everyone should see this excellent movie. 5/5. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This is a lovely movie about personal integrity that shows the significance of individual choices on the lives of others, nations, and the world (history). This is a movie of great political importance. Our world would be so different, more peaceful and fair if we had more leaders like Seretse and Ruth who were guided by love, compassion and the greater good for all rather than personal gain, oppression and greed.
A True role model. Agree whole heartedly with those reviewers I "liked"- what more to say? If I missed something, forgive me. :-)
Excellent movie. Starts in 1947 and is a love story, between a black man and white woman. Something was wrong with the time line, Queen Elizabeth was mentioned and it was King George VI that was the British ruler during that time. King George died in 1952, then Queen Elizabeth became the British Queen. This movie outlines the independence of Botswana and the acceptance of interracial marriage.
Prior to viewing this docu-drama movie read the historical account "Colour Bar" by Susan Williams (Penguin, 2007) which presents the Botswanan cultural background and the colonial political scheming.
Humbling story that highlights the arrogance of the "ruling" class, juxtaposed to the needs of the average person. Also, the continued ignorance and bad decisions that are made when distant rulers think they know better than the people living their lives, or that they can dupe them into thinking what the rulers want for themselves is good for the resident people. Also, the motivation and strength of character that love gives to people individually and collectively is beautifully portrayed. The end part that introduces us to the people the story was based upon is also an enriching view. It is an engaging story, well acted.
A story of the relationship of White Great Britain and its Black African Colonies circa 1940. America should not be too smug about this. Consider that even today one of its two major parties at the federal level is 0.7% African American (One US Senator and one member of the House of Representatives) in a country of 12.6% African Americans.
I enjoyed this historical film, David O has such a lovely voice, an accomplished actor. I am glad to now know of this incredible couple. The 'extra' selection is so worth your time for historical background.
I enjoy learning from film stories that are “inspired”, or “based on” actual events. I knew nothing about Botswana at the beginning of Apartheid or King Seretse Khama and his white wife. Beautiful countryside, well-crafted though predictable.
A good story that should be better known, although a little too melodramatic.
both educational and entertaining. a wonderfully acted love story with lessons in political maneuvers.
Remarkable, well crafted movie about the founding of The Democratic Republic of Botswana. Top notch acting in the portrayal of the underhanded manner in which the UK tried to ban the prince from his home country for life and the eventual triumph of the leaders of Botswana.
I was little disappointed - it was way too long for my taste and perhaps because English is my second language I totally did not understand the deal Khama made with the British government. So I missed the entire point (sigh). I also found this movie to be overly too melodramatic. There were two surprises for this: for too much melodrama this was not an USA movie. And my home country was signed under the production as well. Which is unusual (but great).
As a fan of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I have heard a lot about Mr. Seretse Khama so this movie got my attention. The story and the acting were both great however, it left me wanting more. The movie seems to stop just as the story starts getting interesting. Diamonds are being found, their neighbouring country, South Africa, embraces apartheid and yet little Botswana manages to remain independent and prosperous under Seretse's leadership. That's the story I want to hear.
Lovely film. Well acted. Great insight into the history of Botswana which stood in contrast to the apartheid of South Africa. Mr. Churchill does is not a hero of this story. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby
Inspiring! A historical fact-based movie that is very timely for today's world. We didn't know about this series of events in the late 1940s so the movie was educational as well as entertaining. A political drama and love story in one. Watch the extra for a glimpse of the main characters' son.
This was an inspiring and enjoyable movie but it was also lengthy. It was also a entertaining to watch Rosamund Pike in a role vastly different from the one she played in "Gone Girl."
Very interesting piece of history about which I knew nothing. Everything about it so very well done. We need more movies of this calibre.