In “A United Kingdom”, David Oyelowo is Seretse Khama (1921-1980), the heir to the thrown in Bechuanaland (Botswana) who falls in love with a Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London. Seretse and Ruth face opposition from all sides including their families, as well as the British and South African governments. However, the two persevere and find ways to inspire their enemies to acknowledge their union during an era marked by apartheid and European colonialism.
“A United Kingdom” is a challenge to watch for many reasons. Many of the people of Botswana were suffering due to Malaria, poverty, and lack of trust in their government. The story is based upon true events and depicts this perilous time in world history through the perspectives of the country’s determined leader and his devoted wife who did everything she could to support her husband and the people they governed.