While studying in England in 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker, and they soon fell in love but their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their respective families but also by the British and South African governments.
This film is less interested in the joys of falling in love than so much as the ability to stay in love against heartbreaking odds. South Africa had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and even face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star as the couple whose love defied family, apartheid, and empire, and in the process transformed their nation and inspired the world.
(UK / 2016 / Directed by Amma Assante)
PG-13 / 111 mins.