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Based on an extraordinary true story: “SKIN”- starring Sophie Okonedo

synopsisSKIN” is a movie based on an extraordinary true story of a colored girl born to two Afrikaner South African parents during the apartheid era.  In 1955 Abraham (Sam Neill) and Sannie Laing (Alice Krige) shocked the world when brought into the world a dark skinned baby with nappy hair named Sandra Laing. Shocked at the discovery, and unprepared for the battle ahead, the Laing family fought tooth and nail to have they daughter classified as a white person instead of a black person in order for her to receive better treatment.

Nothing could have prepared the family for the level of unfairness the white people showed to them. After being thrown out of school and isolated because of  her skin colour, Sandra felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. She ran away from her own people into the arms of a black man who later became the father of two of her four children, and her husband.

Sandra, haunted by her past and struggling to define her sense of self, endured physical and mental abuse from the man who she thought was her warrior. She took off to a town where she now resides with her current husband and enjoys a new life that she doesn’t take for granted.

The movie, which stars British actor Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neil, Alice Kridge, Tony Kgoroge and Ella Ramangwane has been raising a big buzz and is already claiming titles under its belt including the Best Narrative Feature (AFI Dallas International Film Festivel 2009) and the winner of a Jury Award. This movie is a moving and very emotional window into South Africa’s past.  For more on the movie click below and don’t forget to share your views.


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4 Responses to “Based on an extraordinary true story: “SKIN”- starring Sophie Okonedo”

  • Pantech rental gold coast says:

    November 6th, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Maybe the people who make animated characters/ films are obsessed with fair color! They should be story of this movie.

  • Child of God says:

    November 9th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Oh My! This is what evil can do. How can you despise someone based on the color of their skin? God help us!And to think that some people up to this day still think that it’s ok.

  • Empress says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I loved the story line of this film. It was a great movie and Sophie did a great job in it. SKIN shined a light on an aspect of Apartheid that hadn’t been examined. . . Self hatred!

  • Betty says:

    September 22nd, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Thanks for creating “skin”, it a very touching story and hit my heart. I’ll give it 7 stars. Keep up the good work, United we stand, Together we fall.


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