Botswana's Khama documentary on the cards

Botswana's Khama documentary on the cards

Film producer Billy Kokorwe is set to shoot a docu-drama on the life of Botswana's first President Seretse Khama and his wife Ruth. by Mtokozisi Dube

TitledThe story of Sir Seretse and Lady Khama', the filming locations include famous Trafalgar Square, the flat where the couple stayed at Nottinghill, London, the church where they got married, situated in the same area, and the suburb of Croydon where they spent their five years in exile.

Filming locations in Botswana will include government enclave near Gaborone's Main Mall and Serowe (home to the Khamas in the central part of the country).

Casting for these locations begins in November.

Early this month, the film's producer, Billy Kokorwe, was in the UK, casting actors from major agencies.

Three models from Source Modelling Agency were shortlisted to play the role of Lady Ruth, while the hunt was still on for a man to act as Sir Seretse.

The film will depict the Khamas' journey from where it all began. Some of the scenes will include the late couple's chance meeting in the 1950s, their courtship, incidents of racism from some members of the British public and their widely publicised marriage.

Exclusive interview

The marriage is said to have caused a huge rift between the British Government and South Africa's apartheid regime.

Kokorwe said: "A famous presenter will lead the film and carry the story through as it shifts back and forth from exciting drama to insightful high profile interviews with famous figures in the UK with links to Botswana, which are also ongoing."

The new version of the epic film will also feature an exclusive interview with Lady Ruth where she reveals her husband and former president's thoughts and vision for the country, his wishes for the future of its peoples and that of his own family, including his son, Botswana's current President Ian Khama

Other interviewees include the Khama twins, Tshekedi and Anthony, who express their feelings about their parent's lives and share their childhood experiences as part of the First Family.

Lady Ruth's sister, Muriel Sanderson, will also narrate her many encounters with Sir Seretse and his wife.

The filmmaker said the docu-drama, which is being produced for international television distribution as well as educational purposes, would be released next year.


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