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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

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,283
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Abraham Laing: There once was a girl who lived in a shop, who'd only eat her mismatched socks, until one day along came a lion and gobbled her up in just 2 hops.
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The movie as a whole was a very emotional movie yet I really enjoyed it.
1 May 2011 | by curtis21See all my reviews

Sandra Laing was born to a white mother and father yet she had the skin color of a black person. Although Sandra's mother bore a baby boy that came out to be dark like Sandra, the movie stayed focused on Sandra and the parents.

The movie showed that great perseverance can make just as much difference as the obstacles. The plot focused on the obstacle of being colored in a white world or family for that matter as this white family tried to raise their daughter that looked black in South Africa. Black people were being treated as beneath whites but Sandra was taught by her father to "never give up".

Sandra's parent had her classified as white with the Government but all of the hardships Sandra and the family face forces Sandra to question her Identity where Sandra eventually finds comfort with a black man names Pedrus.

Sandra showed great strength throughout the movie as the movie had highs and lows from fun or intense moments to feeling the sad emotions. It was presented in such a way that the audience could feel what was going on in many scenes. The acting was great with the facial expressions as all of the actors in the movie assumed their character.


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