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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.



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


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


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 July 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Boja kože  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,008 (United Kingdom), 26 July 2009, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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intriguing real life
31 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's 1965 Eastern Transvaal, South Africa. Sandra Laing is the young daughter of white Afrikaner parents Abraham (Sam Neill) and Sannie Laing (Alice Krige). She is kicked out of her all-white school for her African features despite being born as white. She is reclassified as colored and Abraham overturns it in court. At 17 in 1973, she has a relationship with black Petrus which drives a rift in between her family.

It's a compelling intriguing real life story. It takes a look at Apartheid from a different angle. There is a tough question at the center of the movie that is left uncertain. It does leave the movie at a disadvantage dealing with real people. Nothing is quite as clean in real life.

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