A United Kingdom

Amma AsanteUnited Kingdom110 minutes2016PGColourEnglish

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London, 1947. Jazz lovers Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) meet at a Missionary Society dance. The evening is electric, perhaps in part because both know their attraction is fraught. She's an accomplished office worker, and white. He is a charming law student, and black. What he can't tell her at first is that he's also a prince, first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). But despite the obstacles, it's love. Their story plays out against a backdrop of regal English offices and sun-kissed Botswana plains. With her third feature, Asante has masterfully invoked a tumultuous moment in 20th-century Africa — one that boasts a glorious ending.