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Interracial marriage film that challenged apartheid earns praise

The movie 'A United Kingdom' features David Oyelowo alongside Rosamund Pike.

The film 'A United Kingdom' starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Picture: Twitter @AUnitedKingdom.

NEW YORK - A film about an interracial marriage that shocked the world and challenged apartheid is earning high praise from critics at the Toronto Film Festival.

A United Kingdom tells the true story of the former king of Bechuanaland, now known as Botswana, and the white British woman he married in the 1940s.

A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo alongside Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike as the couple Seretse and Ruth Khama.

It earned a standing ovation at its premiere this weekend for the film's portrayal of the love story which took place when Botswana was still Bechuanaland.

The film also stars a host of familiar South African faces including Terry Pheto, Vusi Kunene and Theo Landey.