Skin – Movie Review
Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
SKIN is a movie about South Africa that is directed by Anthony Fabian and it stars Sam Neil. It is based on a true story of a child who is born to white parents who appeared black. The problems she ran into during apartheid in South Africa was she was actually classified as black and then petitioned to be classified as white when they changed the law and said that a child had to be classified as the same race as the parents. The story, to a certain extent, has two foci. One, is the father and his pride about being determined that his daughter be seen as white and the other is about a young women who appears to be black and is trying to make it in a white world. The most painful part of the movie is probably during the time that her father keeps arranging dates for her with white guys who have various agendas with a woman who is smart and beautiful but appears black. She finally falls in love with a black man and actually has a child. There is a huge split between her father and herself. She actually ends up having two children. I don’t want to spoil the whole story , but this is incredibly well acted and incredibly painful to watch and a completely different view of apartheid as seen from both sides. This is a woman who was in fact born of white parents and genetically white but in terms of her phenotype, she was black. It will resonate longer after you have seen the movie. Four stars, it’s terrific.