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Skin (2009)

"Skin" is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their 'white' little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra's thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her… Show more

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Jan. 15, 2009 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

‘Skin’’ is an apartheid story that doesn’t care for subtlety. The movie is called “Skin,’’ yes. But the opening seconds also bring with them a definition of apartheid, and almost every subsequent scene drums up a racial humiliation of some kind. The movie is based on the true story of Sandra Laing, who was born with brown skin to white parents in South Africa under apartheid and raised as white only to feel, in adulthood, more accepted by her oppressed black compatriots. It’s a fascinating story: part genetic mystery, part socio-racial tragedy.

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