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Skin

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1 h 42 min200912
Skin is one of the most bizarre and moving true stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing was a black child born in the 1950s to two white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. The film follows Sandra's thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world.
Directors
Anthony Fabian
Starring
Sophie OkonedoSam NeillAlice Krige
Genres
Drama
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Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Anthony Fabian
Studio
Verve
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

276 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 23% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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VicuñaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartbreaking but filled with hope
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I don’t know how I missed this I’ll when it was first released. I was delighted to find it on Prime video and it proved to be compelling viewing. Based on a true story, it tells of Sandra Laing, a young lady born in South Africa to Caucasian parents. However, she looked more African in skin colour and hair, the result of mixed race in earlier generations. At a time when apartheid was rife, this caused huge difficulties and these are explored with compassion and honesty.

It was often heartbreaking and there was a sense of profound sadness as she became a young woman, torn between two very different worlds. I was emotionally involved with her plight and it’s a film that’s truly thought provoking. The update as to what happened to the real people at the end of the film was interesting. Brilliant production all round.
4 people found this helpful
LululemonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
sad but true
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This is a film that completely mixes up the idea of "race". It really is not so simple at all. We all need to take a step. r back. we are not white/black/brown. We are human. That has got to be the message.. No race is perfect we all have stuff in our history. That is human history. Many of us might not know what our heritage is. Both sides take heed.
7 people found this helpful
Mrs ML HReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shocking but very true of SA during the apartheid era
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Hats off to Ella Ramangwane, who plays young Sandra. Yes this is based on a true story about Sandra Laing, a South African woman born to white Afrikaners, the descendants of the country's original Dutch settlers, who was classified as "Coloured" during the apartheid era, presumably due to a genetic case of atavism. Heart wrenching. The story of played out into the 1970s, and fascinated South Africa like no other. It cut directly into the official fiction that the races were separate and would never meet. She was proof that they'd been meeting a lot in the 400 years since the Dutch landed at Cape Town.
LIZReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sad film
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I wish when film makers make films of true stories they tell the true story, not based on true story, if you read Sandra Laing life, loads has been left out.
M. DillonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heart breaking......
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So glad I watched this.....powerful, emotional and thought provoking.
In the eye of the beholder Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant film
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Great cast pulls at the heart strings great watch
MoragMcInnesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The vagaries of genetics
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What an insight In t.o the evils of segregation Heart wrenching destruction of a family
2 people found this helpful
jamesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
SOPHIE OKENEDO'S TALENTS SPOTTED EARLY
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Sophie Okenedo has become an established professional since this was made so the casting director made a canny choice in spotting her talents so early. This film is excruciatingly uncomfortable because of it's subject matter and you can understand how and why all protagonists felt so pressurised.
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