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Skin (2008)

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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

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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Sannie Laing: I have a secret...
Young Sandra: Is it a good secret?
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Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Unknown & Cedar Rapids (2011) See more »

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Let Freedom Reign
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This is an excellent film
29 July 2012 | by cs629See 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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