Traveling over the summer is a favorite family tradition, but sometimes it’s hard to get away. We’ve rounded up some of the best summer travel movies to scratch the travel bug until you can steal away for a journey of your own. When you’re ready to see a new part of the world or visit an old favorite, contact your Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant to start planning your adventure.
A United Kingdom | Botswana
A United Kingdom is the true story of Seretse Khama (portrayed by David Oyelowo), the King of Botswana, who married his British wife Ruth Williams (portrayed by Rosamund Pike) amidst controversy in 1947. Opposed by their families as well as the British and South African government, A United Kingdom tells their extraordinary story of overcoming that opposition. Seretse Khama would later become Botswana’s first president, overseeing a period of great economic and social progress. Of course, Botswana is one of the main stars of the film. A United Kingdom was initially released in the US in February. You can see it on DVD beginning June 6. If it inspires you to see Botswana in person, consider one of our luxury safaris.
Born in China | China
Disney’s Born in China follows the adventures of three animal families – the panda, the golden monkey, and the snow leopard – in the wilds of China. The film takes you through China’s vast terrain to places few have seen, and takes an intimate look at the three family groups as they raise their young and navigate their own trials. Born in China released on April 21 and is currently showing in select theaters. Its DVD release date isn’t final, but you can expect to see it on DVD around July or August. We have no doubt the film will make you want to visit China for yourself. We suggest China’s Natural Beauties – a 12-day journey through China’s ancient and modern wonders that includes a visit to the Bifengxia Panda Sanctuary.
Dunkirk | France
Dunkirk tells the story of the amazing rescue mission of more than 330,000 Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France who were trapped between the English Channel and the advancing German Army in late May and early June 1940. Over the course of nine days a flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes crossed the channel to rescue as many as possible from capture by the Germans. See it in theaters July 21.
Queen of Katwe | Uganda
This film isn’t new this year, but one you should definitely add to your list to watch with your family this summer. The Queen of Katwe is the inspiring true story of a young girl (Phiona Mutesi) from the slums in Katwe outside of Kampala who learns how to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performance at the World Chess Olympiads. It stars David Oyelowo (also in The United Kingdom) as Phiona’s chess teacher, Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. The film was shot entirely in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda and in Johannesburg, South Africa with over 100 Ugandans working as extras. The Queen of Katwe is available to rent.
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