For the first time, the BFI London Film Festival will open with a movie directed by a black woman.  Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom “tells the story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland – now modern Botswana – and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 and the opposition they faced from their families and their own countries.”  The festival will also showcase Nate Parker’s slave revolt film The Birth of a Nation as well as host “a Black Star symposium to highlight the difficulties faced by black actors.”

Congratulations goes out to Amma Asante for making London Film history.  David Oyelowo (Selma, Red Tails) will portray Seretse Kharma in A United Kingdom.  If all goes well, Asante could be the British Ava DuVernay, expanding her influence across the pond.  Diversity in film has been a hot topic for the past few years, but this is an important step to truly opening opportunities for everyone.

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