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Ms. Okonedo plays Sandra not as a symbol of black struggle in apartheid-era South Africa but as a determined woman attempting to discover her true self. As a mature woman and mother, her Sandra still looks to heal psychological wounds inflicted on her as a child. South Africa's Population Registration Act of 1950 required people to be identified, defined, classified, and separated by color, but in Sandra's home town, folks were less intolerant.
O'Neill's Abraham is sympathetic as he attempts to have the law changed so Sandra can be classified by heritage rather than appearance, but also reveals himself to have deep-seated racism.
Bonus extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, and script development workshops.
Sandra looks black. Which means she cannot be in a relationship with a white or even shop in the same store as the whites. But here parents are both white, and her mother swears that she has never been unfaithful. As Sandra heads to school, the color of her skin becomes an issue for students and parents, not to mention a heartless school master. Sandra's father vows to fight for her, and indeed the question of Sandra's identity is taken to the supreme court, where they judgment decades ago was based solely on appearance. Sandra is classified "black," but later, when genetics and heritage became the standard, her classification is changed to "white."
The problem is that Sandra now finds herself in love with a black man. Her father is outraged and goes to extremes to stop the relationship. Her mother seems to be on her side, but then turns against her, stuck between an angry, violent husband and their grown daughter. Sandra is forced to make choices, more than once, that deal with heritage, color, identity, and family. Does love cross these lines? Does love erase these lines?
In the end, "Skin" is a powerful movie, told with honesty, grace, hardship, and a cast of fantastic actors. The emotions range from humor to horror to sorrow to muted joy. It is a story that reminds us not only of the injustice of apartheid and racism, but of what it means to be human. I highly recommend it.
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Great movie and storyline, got a glimpse of what apartheid was really like.Published 1 month ago by Amazit Customer
Powerful movie. Sad she really had a hard life, who could she really relate to?Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
everyone knows the book is always better but this movie left out so many important details. glad I read the book first to fill in the gaps as I was watching the moviePublished 3 months ago by MAYA'S BOOKS N THINGS
very interesting movie. I recommend this movie to all . A very good movie. A baby child that is born a darker tone skin color of her Caucasian/white parents. Read morePublished 3 months ago by chippy
high impact story grabs you and will not let you go until the last page. Well written it makes you wonder about her life and what she is doing with her life even now. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margarette J Stewart
Sensational movie, Play it in class all of the time. It's a hit.Published 6 months ago by nonameatall