Heart-wrenching and very real film

2010-01-22 14:24

SKIN follows the story of Sandra Laing, a coloured girl born in the

1950s to white Afrikaners. It is later revealed that Sandra is a

“genetic-throwback” and apparently this is caused by her parents’ unknown black


The Laings are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community,

who lovingly bring her up as their “white” little girl. But at the age of 10,

Sandra is driven out of the white society.

The film Skin follows Sandra’s 30-year journey as a little girl to

being a mother. The movie begins with a 10-year-old Sandra who by the time she

is 17, she realises that she is never going to be accepted by the white

community. She falls in love with Petrus – a black man and a local vegetable

seller. They then begin an illicit love affair.

The film is difficult to watch from start to finish as the

atrocities of apartheid play out on screen. Laing’s life is an amazing journey

of triumph over hardship, it is moving, heart-wrenching and very real.

Expected to become a big talking point this year, Skin has already

won 14 prestigious film awards.

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