In United Kingdom, broadcast this evening at 9 p.m. on Canal+, relates the difficult conquest of power by Seretse Khama, the young king of Bechuanaland (current Botswana), married to a white Englishwoman. His story, true, was told in the book Color Bar by Susan Williams.
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In the aftermath of World War II, Seretse Khama (David Oyelowoseen in The Butler), young king of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), fell madly in love with Ruth Williams, a London typist encamped by Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). While his country is under the protectorate of the British Empire, he decides to marry the young white Englishwoman and take possession of his throne, despite his “misalliance”.
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This quite extraordinary and true journey has been recounted in Color Bar, written by Susan Williams, director of the Commonwealth Research Institute in London. Director Amma Asante (Beautiful) therefore seized the book to write the screenplay for In United Kingdom. She insists on an essential point of the book, namely the behavior of the British government when Seretse sought to seize power. The English made a deal with South Africa, then under apartheid, and Rhodesia to prevent the mixed royal couple from returning to their lands.
And the British filmmaker wanted “show the true complexity of the political situation in which the British government found itself“.”British politicians whose actions may have appeared inherently racist“acted for”serve the national interest“. She was also surprised to find that “many Batswana did not know this story either, although the current president is the son of Seretse“. This one also makes an appearance in the film.