Award winning local actor, Donald Molosi, has had to defend why the acclaimed Seretse Khama film, ‘A United Kingdom’, is not a Botswana production. Molosi told moderators at the Africa Film Festival in the UK that although the film was a British production, masterminded by Hollywood stars, Botswana’s story was well portrayed.
Molosi was one of the stars invited to the festival where he also participated in the post-screening discussion. He was joined by Dr Susan Williams, author of Colour Bar and Dr Rev Trevor Mwamba, former Bishop of Botswana. At the festival held at the London’s Phoenix Cinema last week, the moderator of the post-screening discussion, award-winning author, Chibundu Onuzo asked Molosi his thoughts of David Oyelowo’s performance. Molosi responded that he thought Oyelowo’s performance was stellar.
“I was the first actor to professionally portray Seretse Khama when I did so off-Broadway and I have been doing so for ten years, I know the mannerisms and evolving accents of Seretse extremely well and David captures all those nuances in a powerful performance that I think should be seen by all,” he said.
Onuzo further pressed Molosi on why the film was not a Botswana film but rather a British film. Molosi responded that although the romance of Ruth and Seretse unfolded in Botswana and England, the story, because of its global aftermath, also belongs to the world. He further said that he sees nothing wrong with telling it as a chapter in Botswana history alone, or a chapter in British history alone, or even just world history. That is how profoundly far-reaching it is as an epic love story.
According to Molosi if Botswana wants a film like this from Botswana’s perspective and on Botswana’s terms then Botswana should put money into enabling her own storytellers to do so. “Until then Botswana will keep importing her own stories from abroad which is, of course, sad.”
Molosi played a small supporting role in the film; Kabelo, one of the Serowe headmen in support of Khama and Ruth Williams’ interracial marriage. At the festival, the Broadway actor and author also seized the opportunity to promote his new book, ‘We Are All Blue’ which is based on the lives of Sir Seretse and Lady Ruth Khama. He became the first Motswana to perform on Broadway in 2008 shortly after getting his Hollywood debut opposite Academy-Award winner, Matt Damon in 2007.
“I have already launched my book ‘We Are All Blue’ in New York, Gaborone and Maun, and I am working on the London launch of the same book to coincide with my promotional engagements for the Hollywood film. People want to read the book and see the film and so I am promoting both products simultaneously. They are about the same story,” said Molosi.
The book was launched in Maun by Dr. Didi Biorn, Founder of Afro Botho after it had been previously launched in Gaborone by Justice Key Dingake. Like Dingake, Biorn praised Molosi for reviving the story of Sir Seretse and Lady Ruth Khama. She expressed hope that Molosi’s book on Sir Seretse Khama would one day be taught in Botswana since it is already taught in U.S. universities.
‘A United Kingdom’ boasts a star-studded cast led by Emmy Award-nominee, David Oyelowo, Oscar-nominee, Rosamund Pike and BIFA-nominee, Terry Pheto. Molosi represented the film’s cast last week at the screening. A week prior to the screening Molosi launched his collection of off-Broadway plays about Khama called ‘We Are All Blue’ at the Maun International Arts Festival.
Molosi trained as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and he holds a MA Theatre and Performance Studies from University of California (Santa Barbara). He was recently named one of the 50 Change makers under 40 by Gabz FM and Mail & Guardian.
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