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May 26, 2013

When I watched this movie it was a great eye opener for real life experience.

Andres Valencia
April 25, 2012

I watched this movie one night when I couldn't sleep and I loved it, it made me cry. I highly recommend it. The acting was great and the fact that it was based on a true story it really touched me. The difficulties and discrimination she faced, she is a strong fewo.

March 10, 2012

I just watched this movie on Netflix and Skin is simply amazing and brilliant! I love movies like this one that highlight atrocities that our fellow humans commit against fellow humans. The acting was so superb I sometimes felt I was watching a documentary.

Is there a place to learn more about Sandra's personal journey of acceptance/reconciliation/etc with her identity?

(And to the comments about her dad being "in denial" and what have's called recessive genes and it is perfectly reasonable that she has two white parents. That people, after watching this film, would bring the issue of infidelity up, is a great disservice to the message and intent of the film.)

March 10, 2012

I watched this film for the first time a few days ago and I immediately wanted more information about Sandra and her family. What has become of her brothers? How are her children? And is she infact her fathers daughter? This is an amazing story of bigotry and survival. I hope she has found a way to heal because she has had the misforfune of experiencing what some of us experience everyday---even in the good ole USA!

kieauntee newell
January 07, 2012

Was she ever able to reunite with her brothers? After her parents died?

December 29, 2011

Wonderful movie, terrific acting! I didn't know anything about "Skin" and just happened on it on Roku. So glad I did. I will recommend it to everyone. Today's younger generation may not understand or accept Sandy's mother's behavior for they don't realize the absolute control that husband's had over their wives. I can't even begin to imagine out painful it must have been for both mother and daughter!

December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

My 2 daughters and i just watched this film (Netflix). My girls are both black and white. It was an emotional movie for them to watch. They were concerned why the mother did not stand up for her daughter more. I would die for my girls. We are blessed that my girls have the same rights as everyone else. Both of my girls as well as myself have friends and family of many colors. Thank you for telling your story and for being so brave. It is not easy to forgive and have your life been seen by so many. God is good.

November 13, 2011

I cannot deny that this has been one of the best movies I've ever seen. I found it on netflix and I glad I didn't decide to watch doctor who or some silly movie instead. I am in absolute awe of this movie. It was beautifully filmed and the acting was great. It had me bawling and crying to the point where I actually had to stop and pause the movie, too. I felt like this is one of those movies you sill always go back to and learn something new each time. 5 stars(:

November 03, 2011

Great movie. But... when Sandra was supposed to be a teenager, she looked 30 something.
And if the dad really believed she was his daughter, he must have been in a huge state of denial.

September 24, 2011

what an awesome movie. so much sadness and for her to have come out of this simply amazing. Those parents loved her so and were victims of an era. A life's lesson. Albeit apartheid, is legally vanquished, it is not vanquished from the minds and hearts of those people who feel that segregation is right. It is still a sad state of affairs for so many around the world. I can only hope and pray that the world becomes color blind and the race we need to speak of is the human race. This film was simply, awesome.

September 15, 2011

Wonderful film. I grew up in JHB in this period and so much was true and made me sad. The story was real (JAY in comments above, you need to do you homework about apartheid racism), well told and tremendously well acted. Good job around. Everyone should see this film-

September 15, 2011

This was a bunch of bullshit from the start. No test officially proved her to be white. Her father's test stated a possibility he could be the father. Truth is he's not her biological father, and he knew it. smilies/angry.gif

September 05, 2011

I have just seen this movie and I really enjoyed it. The racism being exhibited throughout the movie is sad at times, but it's spot on and the truth was exacting, which I appreciate. I used to live in South Africa and I definitely understand the racial divide, especially between the Afrikaans and the blacks. Very inspiring movie and it's definitely one for the good of the world today and for years to come. An excellent teaching of compassion and humanity. The acting was superb!!!

St lane
September 01, 2011

I just saw this movie on TV and this is a fantastic movie. It is sad and very moving. All the actors and actresses did a great job. I really felt for this young lady as she had to go through so many changes. It was like she was not accepted by either race. She had no one to turn to, but she was a strong young woman. She over came all odds at the end. It really made me think how fortunate I am.

melissa reeves
August 31, 2011

loved this it made me cry . people are so cruel ,what a wonderful spirit she has.smilies/cheesy.gif

August 28, 2011

This movie touched me inside and out, I just watched it on Netflix and it was a great moviesmilies/wink.gif

Alycia Smith
August 27, 2011

I'd saw this on NETFLIX last night and decided to watch it. I loved it so much, I'm watching it again right now with my husband. What an amazing story.

Heidi Martinez
August 24, 2011

Just saw last night. It was late and past my bedtime but I coundnt stop watching. Very touching, I cried several times through this film.

August 24, 2011

Just caught this on HBO too. I was so moved by Sandra's story and came away with a great sorrow for what the black south Africans went through during apartheid. Sophie Okonedo turned in a brilliant performance. I watched this with my son and when he asked why the buildings were being torn down I told him that sometimes people to really mean and horrible things to other people and it is not right. He understood and I really think that he took it to heart. This movie is a decimated must see! Bravo!

Diana Khamala
August 23, 2011

Just watched it on HBO. Mesmerizing to say the least. Heartbreaking no question. Apartheid was a crazy system and would be unbelievable if it hadn't really existed. So sad about her teen sweetheart. That kind of discrimination is enough to turn anyone to drink. How do you survive such harsh treatment? How does a bulldozer just come one day and sweep away your home when you have a family to provide for? Really disgusting! Dehumanizing and evil! Thank God for all the people who stood up and died for freedom.

August 21, 2011

Very moving, all were terrific.

August 18, 2011

such a great and inspiring story. just watched it 10 mins ago.

August 16, 2011

I've just watched the movie this past weekend on cable. WOW!!!!! I really want to see it again. The movie is very powerful and takes you on a roller coaster ride with your emotions. Everyone should take a seat and be mesmerized.

Karen Molina
August 16, 2011

I just finished watching this film, and i absolutely loved it. Sandra is such an inspiring and moving figure. I am only 14, but this movie touched me very deeply. I cried and cried my eyes out. God bless Sandra and her remaining family members.

August 15, 2011

I just finished watching this movie and it was the best film of its kind that I have ever seen. Sandra's story is both captivating and inspiring. This was a deeply moving and honest account of life during appartied. Many fair light skinned blacks in the south suffered from colorstruck treatments but sadly it was from other blacks. I appluad Sophie for her excellent portrail of Sandra.

August 14, 2011

I just saw this movie on Showtime this past week. Incredible story, but I am not surprised. Throwback DNA is typical in the U.S., but people just pass as whatever based on their appearance. Also, it was typical for siblings with the same parents to be racially classified differently from each other (ex: white sister, mulatto brother, black sister, colored mother, white father, etc.).

tina, Uganda
April 17, 2011

Great movie, i think it is a great lesson for countries like south Africa and USA to realise that the clolor of one's skin determines how they are treated and to loosen the structures and take in every indididual. It is such a sad movie but very educative. It's amazing that she remembers the word of her dad,never ti give up.Inddeed,never give up

April 05, 2011

Better late than never! Saw this film last night and i have nothing but praise for everyone involved. It really made me as a South African appreciate all that I have. A real must see, fantastic cast, great story, based on true events and a lots of lessons to be learnt!

March 08, 2011

i was jus wondering what the opening song was, it only plays for bout 10 seconds. someone had sang it on my 1st birthday.

August 09, 2010

Wow...saw the movie last weekend in NZ. I think every person with humility, peace, hardwork, perserverance, and a good heart should go and watch this. Facinating and inspiring. Great work Anthony! and all the actors were equally awesome. Rialto must try to market this movie much more in NZ.

July 20, 2010

What an amazing film.
Such a sad story and unbelievable that this all went on within my lifetime.
Very touching, and so sad that Sandra's brothers do not speak to her to this day. It reduced me to tears many times, and is one of the most unbelievable true stories I have ever come across.

Neil Rossouw
June 19, 2010

What a great movie! This movie was very realistic in portraying the typical "good wife" being submissive to her husband - the head of the family. The moment in the movie that really touched me was when Sandra left Petrus. She would not be a victim like her mother. This movie really touched me!

A-M v d M
May 02, 2010

For those of you who don't speak Afrikaans, here is a translation of the last comment:

“Well, whether white, black or “brown” (coloured), Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English, it doesn’t matter who you are or what the colour of your skin may be, the story of Sandra’s life touches one very deeply. It contains such an immense life lesson for all of us. Accept the person next to you in love. It doesn’t matter if he/she is not the same as you. Respect each other! And then of course...never give up!

I cried like never before whilst watching this film. I can’t believe that Sandra’s brothers still want nothing to do with her.“

April 30, 2010

Wel, vir wit,swart en bruin, Zoeloe, Sotho, Afrikaans, Engels maak nie saak wie of wat jy is of watter kleur jou vel is nie, die lewensverhaal van Sandra raak mens baie diep. Daar is sooooo groot lewensles vir ons almal. Aanvaar die een langs jou in liefde maak nie saak as hy dalk anders as jy is nie. Respekteer mekaar! En dan natuurlik ....... Never give up!

Ek het nog nooit so gehuil soos toe ek die fliek gekyk het nie. Ek kan nie glo Sandra se broers wil nog steeds niks met haar te doen hê nie.

Well Done, Anthony!

April 09, 2010

This movie really speaks to the heart of every human being! No words could describe the emotions relived while watching this incredible moving story. Undoubtedly it still hurts but we need to move forward and forgive. My children were very moved by it and I realise that a greater work awaits us still as we have to educate our children and teach them to forgive even if it is sooo difficult.

I recommend this movie to all and sundry!

March 27, 2010

I saw the move today and I must say: I LOVED IT!!

It's a story that needed to be told!! The actors were great! I really loved it!!

Sandra, I hope God will bring you and your brothers closer again. You only have one family blood related!

God Bless you, your family, the film crew and everybody who worked on it!!

February 05, 2010

What a truly amazing story! i saw the movie two days ago and the little girl who played Sandra Laing still can't leave my mind. I am brought to tears just thinking about the movie. The actors did such an amazing job in portraying the feelings and emotions of their character. I have to rate this the number 1 movie I have seen in all my life.

I have since encouraged my entire office to see the movie rating it the highest on the scale. The little girl who plays Sandra reminds me of my daughter. When i look at my daughter i see her and i cry; thankful that she will appreciate her color but sorry that she will one day have to endure some of the same hardships Sandra endured throughout her life.

Thank you for telling this story. Thank you for touching my heart. smilies/smiley.gif

February 03, 2010

The people most hurt in apartheid are the colored people. The blacks were hurt yes, but since 1990 they have been the one's getting to tell their stories and they have been getting everything, while the colored people are still left behind. I speak from experience as I am a colored myself. We are still living in apartheid.

When the whites were in power, we were not white enough and the blacks are in power, we are not black enough. There is still alot of bitterness among the colord people in South Africa. And their stories must be told. Skin is just the first of 1000's of stories.

We are the children that they produced and forgot or were ashamed of.

January 13, 2010

I saw this movie yesterday with my mom,,
Waaaaaauuw this true story, i love it.
But make peace! Respect for this woman is what it's all about.

5 Stars!! Go see this movie!

khaled tag
January 04, 2010

ooh My God. That is one of the best movies I have ever seen, if it wasn't the best. the story and the acting were tremendously touching. I loved it , and I will recommend it to every one.
I wish I can meet with Sandra one day

fatima aldosari
December 21, 2009

Thank you for making such an important film. It has a message for all the world.

Tebogo Phillips
November 30, 2009

this film moved me in an inexplicable way. different emotions flowing through me and for the first time in my life, i cried during a movie.

my luck, it was dark in the cinema so my girlfriend did not see me... smilies/grin.gif.

big thumbs up to Anthony and the crew members involved in telling a story of an ordinary South African so profoundly.

Annette Colbert-Beavers
November 25, 2009

This movie should be a reminder to look past 'Skin' and see a 'real' person. Imagine the tragedy and trauma introduced into her life, it is interesting that she overcame a situation and a circumstance such as this. A prejudice so fierce and lackluster that bears much soul searching and examination. And life doesn't stop for anyone it moves at a fast pace until the resolution occurs. This is interesting in that in this 21st Century, the issue continues to divide us instead of allowing us to celebrate our differences.

Glenn Gibson
November 24, 2009

I saw Skin in Washington DC on this past Sunday 11/22/2009, and it was a wonderful film. I went to South Africa for the first time in March 2009, and I came back with first hand experience of the racial tension there even today. (I am an African American man) I wish I could take everyone I know to see the film, as it explains so many feelings I can not convey to my friends and famliy that I experienced in South Africa.

I will definitely write a review of this film for my personal blog, and I have already sent several Twitter messaages encouraging others to see it.. I hope it helps...

Well on to my question. When will this film be released on DVD in the US? I must have a copy to add to my collection.

Excellent work by all parties involved, the acting, story line, cinematography, driecting, all done well.

Meghan Sahli-Wells
November 24, 2009

I finally made it to see Skin and was very moved. As a young adult (Jr. High & High School) I protested apartheid in front of the So. African consulate on La Cienega... But seeing some of the horrors on film brings a deeper emotional understanding to the issue. Intellectually, you may "know" the injustice - but when you are given the opportunity to "feel" the injustice, you become inspired to make sure this never happens again. What is the apartheid of today? In what country? What are the scars and the leftovers of it in South Africa today? Skin is an important movie, and I'm thankful to have seen it.

Rachel Dachel
November 24, 2009

I am so glad that I was able to see this film last night! The film was beautifully shot and superbly acted. It moved at a fitting pace and moved me beyond words.

As a black woman of mixed descent who has milky skin with freckles, green-blue eyes and curly hair that takes on a reddish hue, I closely identify with this story. I know the struggle of being raised as one thing, but being seen as something else. I know the frustration of not looking like my siblings and of being teased and harassed for simply being myself and that self being different.

I sincerely hope that the movie will see wide release in America as EVERYONE needs to see this film—white, black, brown, yellow—all people of all colors. "Skin" depicts very clearly how people allow appearance and outside forces to color their minds and their hearts, rather than kindness, compassion and unconditional love.

Thank you for making this film!

Sanjoy Mukherjee
November 24, 2009

I saw SKIN at SRFTI Kolkata couple of hours back.An unforgettable movie.If I get a chance I'll watch it again.I wish Mr Fabian were present for the post movie Q&A session.Had lots of questions.Its remarkable how the human elements got etched on the foreground while the political affairs remained a substratum.

Eniola Shitta
November 24, 2009

I went into the movie expecting a sentimental tear-fest where the bad people were very very bad and the good where almost too so to be true. It was simple, human and to the point; asking questions that permeate every culture and society. As an aspiring filmmaker, I hope to be able to make something like this one day.

November 24, 2009

This is a great film - a hugely inspiring subject which is so wonderfully directed by Tony Fabian. This film definitely has legs and I'm so looking forward to his next project on the big screen. Keep it up!

November 24, 2009

I'm a student from Macao who had watched the film and attended the meeting with you and Johnson.
Now I'm writing an artical about some ideas about the nature of discrimination I've got from your movie.
Best wishes!

November 24, 2009

Just let me say for the record...."I Truly Enjoyed the film "Skin"!!

Okay, I know that everyone was touched by the film cause they hardly knew what to say. I was speechless myself!! Parts of me still are.

Its soo wonderful that you were touched, outraged and every other emotion to be moved to do this film. This story is Amazing and since I'm such and Avid reader, I'm going to get a copy of the biography.

Now..back to you. Anthony, your vision is wonderful. How you told the story, Brilliant!! I appreciate the way you did show nurturing in the both Households, showed love and warmth. Something that many films involving family tend to lack (for some reason) and then the conflict.

Sophie as always..AMAZING!! Little Ella was a delight, very refreshing, open and honest in her approach!! Sam Neil and Alice Krige did wonderful portrayals of conflict. Their innerwork was Amazing. Very Strong Actors!! You showed their struggle and certain level of acceptance of the circumstances in many ways.

This film needs to be seen all over the world!! Thank you Pan African for this Wonderful Opportunity!! I would recommend this film to everyone!! ...and I have!!

November 24, 2009

I had the pleasure of attending that screening, meeting Director Anthony, and listening to a very inspirational Q&A with Sandra Laing, and I am in no doubt why this film picked up plaudits here and elsewhere...

For many, it seems this movie is being considered niche or arthouse, perhaps due to it's specific story or its South African context, but for me (as a former BA student of film, and a film industry professional for my entire adult life) this movie is as mainstream as they come in the most complimentary way. There is absolutely no reason that mass audiences around the world cannot enjoy this, in the same way that Last King of Scotland and Blood Diamond reached out - and this story needs to be told.

The film is amazing and it is great that this incredible story and person (Sandra Laing) was not wasted on a lazy filmmaker. The direction was great, the casting was flawless, and the humour throughout in an essentially heartbreaking story made it for me.

wish the best of luck with this film - i encourage you all to see it.

November 24, 2009

I saw the last screening in Santa Barbara and was so impressed with the story and how it was treated. I heard that the crowd grew from 50 the first screening to 300 at the second and then a sold out crowd at 375 at the third screening. Such a moving and poignant story and quite timely at this point in our current environment.

Please find this film and see it!

November 24, 2009

I am so glad to have watched this fabulous movie at Hong Kong Baptist University as a curious student. During my studies, I have been watching and reading materials concerning cultural segregation. What sets "Skin" apart from other movies presenting similar idea of apartheid is that the film is human oriented rather than mechanical issues like Population Registration Act, Mixd Marriages Act, Immorality Act and so forth. As a movie watcher, I am so impressed by the way how Anthony embedded these heavy issues into the movie while we would not feel like something was imposed on us. By subjectifing Sandra as a universal issue and humanizing the situation, the movie is thus more memorable and impressing.

At the same time, somehow I think that the sense of choice is very strong throughout the movie. While we, as humans, do not have choice over our skin, but then, in the movie, Sandra's father exercise his choice of re-classify Sandra's colour; Sandra chooses to marry a black and later on leaves him; and most important of all, the parents, especially the father, chooses not to see Sandra for more than 10 yeras til his death. The phrase "You've made your choice strikes me to the extent that it empowers us to carry on with our decisions yet it also signifies unforseeable consequence. I am not so sure but I belive that this sense of choice is how Anthony perceives as the future of South Africa - or Afrikaners (the sens of determination, the courage to confront and the hopes of true freedom/equality).

How about having a discussion for this film in facebook?

Steve Cabrera
November 24, 2009

I had the pleasure of previewing this film and it's still in my mind 2 days afterwards. I look forward to seeing it in the cinema with friends in July!

Skin tells touching love stories through several powerful characters.

I'm impressed with how much Anthony included in this film and how well it was done.

It captures the unique beauty of Southern Africa, it's diverse cultures, it's vicious and unconscious prejudice, romance, love and tenderness in the midst of the most cruel hardships.

See it.

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