Movie: "Skin"--A Story of Sandra Laing
September 25, 2020 11:57am CST
Sandra Laing was born just more than three months after I was born. We also had something else in common. Both of us were born to white parents; both families had similar views regarding one's skin color. Sandra was born in South Africa during the apartheid era, and was reclassified at the age of 10 as "coloured" (a term used in those days to classify race) by the government. Though she was born "white" to white Afrikaners, descendants of the Dutch settlers to the area, and a white lineage that went back several generations, she was reclassified, due to her skin color and the texture of her hair. From that time, life was never the same for Sandra and her family. "Skin" is a 2008 dramatic film based on the biography of Laing. Sandra is played by the actress, Sophie Okonedo. Her parents, Abraham and Sannie, are Sam Neill and Alice Krige. Each of their performances was well worth the time to watch. Aside from the obvious tension of the stories behind apartheid, racial division, and injustice, "Skin" takes an intimate look at a family torn by deep-seeded racial beliefs, and a young woman's struggle to find her identity. I enjoy films, which leave me with a hunger to learn more. "Skin" did just that.
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I would love to watch it. Where can I get it? Some decades ago, my daughter Claudia went on a scholarship 8f the American Field Service. She could choose between the US and South Africa, then woth Apartheid. I said no way to have her in South Africa.
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It is an excellent one. I also watched another movie that I reviewed a couple of days ago. Also one of a true story basis about a young boy who gets lost in india, and ends up going to Australia. It's another true story of someone who is searching for his identity