Review: The Liberty That Drives A United Kingdom

In Analysis by Michael Rae

A film capable of tying political and economic freedom together in one story is rare, but the British film A United Kingdom makes valiant effort. The story hinges on the culturally and politically taboo romance and marriage between the heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (modern-day Botswana), and his white working class English wife in 1948. While the film focuses primarily on the political implications and intrigue triggered by their marriage, the story is perhaps more important because it also exposes the intellectual foundations for what would become Africa’s most important and sustained economic success story (which I discuss further

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