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A United Kingdom: Touching many hearts!


This week Botswana’s most talked and decorated film, A United Kingdom, was premiered at a special screening for the media, being the third local Hollywood project of its magnitude, a romance story depicting an epitome of a sad reality, this film is one of the greatest stories to have been told on African soil, Writes DAVE BAAITSE.


Subjectively I define a good film by how much I relate to it, how genuine it feels and the connection between the two. As Africans the stories that have in many years made it to Hollywood depict the worst atrocities and turmoil that besiege the continent. Belle (2013) director, Amma Asante a British national, was dedicated to telling the whole world one of the world’s romantic stories, a testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history.

 

According to the 60th BFI London Film Festival, the film has contemporary relevance, one that celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression, and that confirms Asante as a distinctive and important British filmmaker.The film goes deep beneath the heart and tries to change the belief and misapprehension of inter- racial marriage. It creates an exciting anticipation throughout as one has to keep on guessing what is going to happen next, when the British Administration Rule under the influence of Seretse Khama’s Uncle Tshekedi Khama turned their back on him and his marriage.


During its post production, many spectators called on the lead role of Seretse Khama which is being played by David Oyelowo to be played by a local. A classically trained actor, he has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most- sought – after talent. His impact in the film cannot go unnoticed, throughout the film his character seemed real and resembles Seretse Khama more- especially the part where he addressed his Kgotla at a decision making gathering; to rule whether they want him to ascend to the throne or not.


Her counterpart, Rosamund Pike who plays Lady Ruth Williams Khama also killed it. Born in Blackheath, south London Ruth rejected her family’s will to end the affair with a ‘black man’ and later risked her life coming all the way to Africa. She could not even speak the language of the natives but her love and commitment to Khama would soldier on her perseverance. In a more painful and dramatic state of affairs, the people did not welcome her, she became the subject of rejection. In her eyes she was very optimistic that the dust will sooner or later settle. She had to work hard to win the heart of Khama’s only sister Naledi. The scene was very heavy to watch, and Pike displayed great emotion and was very convincing in her touching display.  


Set in both Botswana and London in the late 1940s, the storyline resonates well with the plot. The actors did well in playing out their roles to perfection, and not just resuscitate the script. Maybe one reason one will object to is that locals were not given audience to star in the film while their South African counterparts enjoyed some of the supporting acts roles such as Vusi Kunene who played Uncle Tshekedi Khama and Terry Pheto who played Naledi Khama, the sister to Khama.


The story is one of determination, courage, honour and justice, in the face of a political powerhouse and love that simply refused to die- a love that is said to have changed the world. On Independence Day in 1966, Khama became the first President of the new country of Botswana and Ruth became the country’s First Lady. Together they transformed Botswana from the poorest country in Africa to the most peaceful and prosperous. It is a story of forgiveness and healing as relevant today as when the whole drama was being played out. The film will be showing in Botswana at New Capitol Cinemas starting December 9th.


The International Movie Database (IMDb) has rated the film 6.6/10 and has nominated A United Kingdom for their 2017 Oscar Awards predictions under the Best Picture category.  

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

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On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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