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

Written by Prudence Chauke | November 4, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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.

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