The true story of a forbidden love

In the late 1940s in London and South Africa, the thwarted love story of Prince Seretse Khama, future first President of Botswana, and Ruth Williams, a modest 24-year-old Londoner…

They lived happily… against all odds! In 1947, when Ruth Williams and Seretse Khama, young king of Bechuanaland, the future Botswana, met in London, it was love at first sight. She is white, the daughter of an ex-Indian army officer, he is black, descended from a royal line. Their families oppose their union. And the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, anxious to protect the links of the Crown with South Africa, which has just established apartheid, also intrigues against the lovers. In vain…

Seretse and Ruth, beautifully embodied in this beautiful film by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, challenged an empire and defeated racist prejudice. Forced to abdicate to preserve his marriage, Seretse will be elected Prime Minister of his country, which he will peacefully lead to independence. Nelson Mandela cited him as an example. “Sir Seretse Khama’s legacy lives on in his country, which is still a source of hope and an example for us today.”

In the United Kingdom: Thursday June 30 at 9:05 p.m. on Chérie 25

Julien Barcilon

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