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Skin (I) (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 July 2009 (UK)
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.



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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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24 July 2009 (UK)  »

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This is an excellent film
29 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that tugs at your heart strings and brings the ugly truth of prejudice to light. Sandra is a strong women who fights through many battles and achieves more than can be expected. She is courageous despite the many obstacles that lie in her way. We all experience identity struggles as we grow up but Sandra's was above the norm and she faced it head on with dignity.

Prejudice is the focus of the movie and how we as a people allow this to determine how and what we feel about one another. Just as in the movie Roots we see the struggle of the African American people, in the movie skin we are brought in on a more personal level as we see the internal struggle of one girl as she grows into a women looking for acceptance and love. The question is where will she find it.

Sophie Okonedo portrays the character of Sandra with touching and emotional quality. Her facial expressions bring you into her heart without a word being said. The soft lighting and grainy texture of the film bring the conflict and emotion out of the screen and into your living room. This is a must see movie.

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