A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

DVD - 2017
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Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC UNI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Historical Romance. Based on a true story. In the 1940's Prince Seretse Khan of Bechuanaland (now called Botswana) is in England studying law in preparation for his eventual ascension to his country's throne. He falls in love with a British woman named Ruth Williams. Their marriage plans cause se... Read More »


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COURIER3
Jul 08, 2018

Don't recall if i watched it all. Did some fast forwards

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chaliser
Jul 07, 2018

A True role model. Agree whole heartedly with those reviewers I "liked"- what more to say? If I missed something, forgive me. :-)

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firefly5
May 31, 2018

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.

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Liber_vermis
May 02, 2018

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.

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scrubble4
Apr 15, 2018

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.

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kathy7777
Mar 06, 2018

What a beautiful story....we loved it :)

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 07, 2018

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.

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INVS
Feb 03, 2018

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.

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lavasushi
Jan 18, 2018

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.

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uncommonreader
Jan 02, 2018

A good story that should be better known, although a little too melodramatic.

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