Skin provides an accurate and alarming portrait of the apartheid phase in South Africa. It is parallel presented, as it switches between the actual apartheid phase and the aftermath of the phase. The events depicted in the movie are actually true, as it unfolds a biographical account about Sandra Laing. The character is categorised as coloured, but it does not sound genetically possible for two Afrikaners to produce a colour offspring.
The story is a rare case, but stunned everyone in South Africa and created a high profiled race row, spanning decades. Sandra suffered the cruelty and the mounting prejudice tarnishing the nation reputation and the country paid the price for it. Acceptance in society was hard for Sandra, due to colour of skin. The laws created a bitter relation between White and Blacks and it an ugly picture of humanity. Her parents did everything to overturn the laws, but their true colours are shockingly revealed in the film. We expected them to be descent and trustworthy souls of society. The relations suffered between Sandra and the parents, as she escapes in the wilderness for years. Families are precious, but suffered a cruel blow when one issue created a level of discontent. The film share emotional moments and depicts the true and disturbing nature of South Africa many years ago.
Skin is compelling, moving and emotionally piece of film-making. The acting is quality, particularly Sophie Okeonedo performance as Sandra Laing and supporting acting deserves strong praise. I almost shed in tears whilst watching the movie and questioned can we ever live in a perfect world. The film shares a different perspective about the Apartheid phase. It is painted in a prismatic light.