Saturday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.
When white Afrikaner shopkeepers Abraham and Sannie bear a child distinctly African in her looks, the contradictions, complications and irrationalities of apartheid are laid bare. SKIN tells the true story of Sandra Laing, whose skin causes her anguish at school, during racial classification and reclassification, through adolescent angst, marriage and raising her own children. The story becomes an international scandal and Abraham Lang’s stubborn belief in apartheid justice is a counterpoint to Sandra’s personal struggle for dignity and hope. With superb acting and a narrative that relates just one of the thousands of tragedies of South Africa’s past, SKIN is a story of family, forgiveness and the triumph of the human spirit.
“One of the best films of the year. Sophie Okonedo is magnificent.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Country: UK, South Africa
Language: English and Zulu with English subtitles
Director: Anthony Fabian
Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krieg
Runtime 107 Minutes
British Independent Film Awards – Nominated Best Actress 2009
Dallas International Film Festival – Won Audience Award 2009
Palm Beach International Film Festival – Won Best Feature 2009
Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival – Won Audience and Jury 2009
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Won Audience 2009
Parental Guidance – Violence ; Course Language