Arts & Entertainment

A UNITED KINGDOM

Set in 1947 when interracial relationships were unacceptable, this is a biopic romance drama which explores the international uproar that developed when the black Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana in Africa married Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white British woman.

The couple experienced resistance from both their families who angrily asked “Why live a life of insults?” and the prince’s uncle, who demanded they divorce exclaiming “Your first duty is to your people – your nation!”

This incredible story deepens as their marriage is nearly torn apart when Prince Seretse is deemed ‘not fit to rule’ and is banished from Botswana for life, resulting in the country’s division and vulnerability.

Audiences will warm to this beautiful couple, whose only mistake was to fall in love, and will also cringe at the unjustifiable hardships they endured owing to their mixed marriage.

The universal themes in this film are still as relevant today as they were in the 1940’s. The idiocrasies of both nations and the discrimination and segregation of colours in Africa and Britain are also showcased.

This exquisitely filmed inspirational story of love and resilience should immerse audiences and challenge their emotions as they indisputably question the futility of racial intolerance. (MMo)

★★★★