Thornbury Picture House: A United Kingdom
Cossham Hall, Thornbury
In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a population wary of a white Briton as their Queen. The international opposition is even more unyielding from the British who hold Bechuanaland as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.
The events portrayed in the film actually took place but until now haven't been much discussed in the UK. Even today, inter-racial love stories can be unpopular and sadly racism remains a major issue that has yet to be eradicated. It is testament to both Seretse and to Ruth that their actions were finally instrumental in bringing democracy to Botswana with Seretse becoming the first democratically elected president of his country.
Check the website below for details or pick up the season's brochure from Thornbury Town Hall. TPH Membership for the whole season of eleven films costs £27.50 or you can see each film for £5 on the door.