Movie Review

By the age of 10, she was shunned by white society, and kicked out of the school her brother who had lighter skin attended.Through this all, her parents struggled with people’s suspicion she was not biologically both of theirs, and with the legalities of trying to get her classed as white again.Not accepted by the blacks as one of theirs, and totally shunned by the whites, Sandra struggles through life.

Movie: SKIN

Rated PG for coarse language and mature theme

Running time: 107 minutes

Release Date: 2010

*Based on the novel, When She Was White, by Ned Judith Stone

Plot: Skin tells the true  story of Sandra Laing, a girl with dark skin born to two parents who appeared completely white, during the apartheid era of South Africa.

By the age of 10, she was shunned by white society, and kicked out of the school her brother who had lighter skin attended.  

Through this all, her parents struggled with people’s suspicion she was not biologically both of theirs, and with the legalities of trying to get her classed as white again.  
Not accepted by the blacks as one of theirs, and totally shunned by the whites, Sandra struggles through life.

Things get even worse when she decides to marry a black man.

Verdict: the fact that it is a real life story makes it sad. But the fact that her dad even had to go to Supreme Court to reinstate her status as a "white" makes it sadder.

This is just a tip of what apartheid was, and although the movie tends to over stretch the drama, they don’t go far from the truth.

Cast: Sophie Okonedo as Sandra Laing, Sam Neill as Abraham Laing, Alice Krige as Sannie Laing, Tony Kgoroge as Petrus Zwane

Writers: Helen Crawley, Jessie Keyt, Helena Kriel.

Producers: Anthony Fabian, Genevieve Hofmeyr, Margaret Matheson

Director: Anthony Fabian

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