On Wednesday (30th November) I attended an advanced screening for ‘A United Kingdom‘. The experience was a first for myself, but overall the movie was a great snapshot of issues in England, South Africa, and Africa in the 1940-50’s.
Let me start off by saying, I really did enjoy the movie. I have never been educated on the history of any African countries so it was really interesting to learn a bit about it. However my experience in the cinema itself was…frustrating. Unfortunately I was stuck next to a man with horrible breathe who breathed through his mouth the entire time. But not to let his poor hygiene ruin the movie, I plugged up my nose and soldiered on.
‘A United Kingdom‘ is the story of Bechuanalands (now Botswana) last King and the journey the country took to becoming a democracy. The movie really did provide a snapshot into society and culture in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The politics, racism, segregation, and community reactions to every situation.
As well as a snapshot into England, and the political processes in making decisions in parliament. Without giving too much away, it was honestly quite interesting to see how England lost its hold on a country and the wealth it was about to find.
If you’re interested in movies based on true events, or interested in learning a bit more about that part of the world, I’d recommend picking up the book at your local library or seeing the movie.
‘A United Kingdom‘ comes out in cinema’s boxing day.