Skin


1h 47m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Sandra Laing entered the world a beautiful baby but no one, not the hospital staff, her mother, father or neighbors would admit the obvious. Abraham and Sannie Laing were white yet their daughter was dark. By a biological quirk, the pigment of an unknown black ancestor had lain dormant for generatio

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Aramid Entertainment; Bard Entertainments, Ltd.; Conquest Films; Elysian Films Ltd; Front Row Filmed Entertainment (UAE); Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Lipsync Creative; Little Film Company; Moonlighting Films; National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa; Nordisk Film; Spentzos Films; Ugc International
Distribution Company
Brunbro Films; Entertainment One; Eone; European Film Partners (Efp); Indies Film Rights; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Little Film Company; Ster-Kinekor
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Sandra Laing entered the world a beautiful baby but no one, not the hospital staff, her mother, father or neighbors would admit the obvious. Abraham and Sannie Laing were white yet their daughter was dark. By a biological quirk, the pigment of an unknown black ancestor had lain dormant for generations and manifested in Sandra. If there was ever a wrong place and wrong time for this phenomenon, it was apartheid South Africa in 1955. In childhood she was reclassified as "colored" under apartheid laws and forcibly removed from her whites-only school, despite a legal challenge by her parents. She later eloped with a black man and became estranged from her parents, before seeking a reconciliation with her mother after the fall of apartheid.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Aramid Entertainment; Bard Entertainments, Ltd.; Conquest Films; Elysian Films Ltd; Front Row Filmed Entertainment (UAE); Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Lipsync Creative; Little Film Company; Moonlighting Films; National Film & Video Foundation Of South Africa; Nordisk Film; Spentzos Films; Ugc International
Distribution Company
Brunbro Films; Entertainment One; Eone; European Film Partners (Efp); Indies Film Rights; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Little Film Company; Ster-Kinekor
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 30, 2009

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2011

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States December 2008

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States January 2009

Released in United States September 2009

Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Cultural Bridge) December 11-18, 2008.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Independent Features) January 22-February 1, 2009.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 21-June 14, 2009.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 6-19, 2009.

Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival September 23-27, 2009.

Based on the Sandra Laing biography "When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race" by Judith Stone and published by Miramax April 4, 2007.

Feature directorial debut for Anthony Fabian.

Released in United States Fall October 30, 2009 (NY, CA, MA)

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2011

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 30-November 9, 2008.)

Released in United States December 2008 (Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Cultural Bridge) December 11-18, 2008.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Independent Features) January 22-February 1, 2009.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 21-June 14, 2009.)

Released in United States January 2009 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 6-19, 2009.)

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival September 23-27, 2009.)