'A United Kingdom,' Film on Botswana King's Romance, Opens

A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante and starring David Oyelowo, has opened in theaters in the United States. The film is based on the true-life, then controversial romance between Botswana king Sir Seretse Khama and his English wife, Ruth Williams Khama. After years in exile in England, Khama would return to Botswana and his family and eventually become its first President. His younger child, Ian Khama, would also later become the current President of Botswana.

For reviews, see entries in the New York Times, The Telegraph, and The GuardianAlso of interest are videos below of the couple's meeting, marriage, and ensuing controversy and the craftsmanship by Oyelowo in playing the role of the first President Khama.

Ruth And Seretse Khama with Oldest Daughter, Jackie and First Son, Present-day Botswana president Ian Khama in Croydon, England in 1956 (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)

Ruth And Seretse Khama with Oldest Daughter, Jackie and First Son, Present-day Botswana president Ian Khama in Croydon, England in 1956 (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)

Love Story That Shocked the World (BBC News)