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Skin (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.

Director:

Anthony Fabian

Writers:

Helen Crawley (screenplay), Jessie Keyt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
13 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Okonedo ... Sandra Laing
Sam Neill ... Abraham Laing
Alice Krige ... Sannie Laing
Tony Kgoroge Tony Kgoroge ... Petrus Zwane
Ella Ramangwane Ella Ramangwane ... Young Sandra
Terri Ann Eckstein Terri Ann Eckstein ... Elsie Laing (aged 19)
Bongani Masondo Bongani Masondo ... Henry Laing (aged 20)
Dan Robbertse Dan Robbertse ... Factory Foreman
Jeremy Crutchley ... Hugh Johnston
Jonathan Taylor Jonathan Taylor ... TV Sound Recordist
Nomathamsanga Baleka Nomathamsanga Baleka ... Factory Worker 1 (as Thami Baleka)
Valesika Smith Valesika Smith ... Factory Worker 2 (as Valesica Smith)
Faniswa Yisa Faniswa Yisa ... Nora Molefe
Hannes Brummer Hannes Brummer ... Leon Laing
Zamanthebe Sithebe Zamanthebe Sithebe ... Young Thembi
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

24 July 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Boja kože See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,008 (United Kingdom), 26 July 2009, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Elize: Sandra? I'm Elize.
Young Sandra: What do you want?
Elize: I'm from Swaziland. That's another country.
Young Sandra: I know that, I'm not stupid.
Elize: All of my friends have always been black.
Young Sandra: I'm not black.
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Innocent Child
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31 December 2009 | by LilMsDivaUSee all my reviews

This is a great film that is based on the true story of Sandra Liang in South Africa. Sandra, who has dark skin, was born to two white parents in the heat of the apartheid. She struggles to define herself against the classifications of society. Her dad, who is racist, causes strain on her own self discovery, and strains her relationship with her mother as well. The film chronicles her adventures at an all white school, as well as her marriage to a black man, although she is "white". Her journey is intriguing. The film itself makes you question the race-labeling system.

It is a great film that will raise questions and spark intriguing debates on what it means to be black.


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