The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held a reception and screening for the new movie “A United Kingdom”. Through the efforts of MPAA’s CEO and chairman Senator Chris Dodd and Advisor for Inclusion and Multicultural Outreach John Gibson, they were able to bring in BAFTA Award winning Director Amma Asante for a Q&A following the Screening. In attendance were College students, an Ambassador and Congressman.
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.
Check out the trailer for A United Kingdom below.
This events audience is just an example of the impact the MPAA has made thus far, but more importantly we look forward to how the MPAA will continue to be the voice to one of the country’s strongest and most vibrant industries, the American Motion Picture, home video and television industry. CEO Chris Dodd talks about MPAA Diversity and Multicultural Program below.
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