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Check Out the Emotional Trailer for Amma Asante’s Motswana-British Interracial Romantic Drama ‘A United Kingdom’

The first trailer for the film, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is here.

Earlier this summer, we told you that Belle director Amma Asante’s Motswana-British interracial romantic film A United Kingdom had been selected to open the 60th British Independent Film Festival on Oct. 5.


A little reminiscent of Sidney Poitier’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in the Rick McCallum-produced film based on a true story that shines a light on Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana) (Oyelowo) and his controversial relationship with a British office worker, Ruth Williams (Pike). Despite discouragement from their families and the British and South African governments, they married in 1947.

Now, according to Shadow & Act, the trailer has dropped ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off on Sept. 8.

Could the drama put Oyelowo in contention for an Oscar next year? Gauging by the emotional trailer, at one point the Nigerian-British actor cries, and Hollywood’s fascination with interracial relationships (Nate Parker, OJ Simpson)—it’s possible.

A United Kingdom has been picked up by Pathé for distribution in France and the UK, but nothing yet for the USA, so the trailer will have to do in the meantime. Enjoy below.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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