Monday, November 16, 2009

SKIN (A Very Touching South African Biopic Movie)

Well everyone who knows me knows I just dont love African movies from Nollywood (English, Yoruba, Igbo etc) of Ghana (English, Twi, Ga etc) but African movies across the continent or Hollywood movies that are african inspired.
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I love South African movies, I love french movies from our francophone neighbors and love watchin them (subtitled ofcourse) - and Kenya is also coming up (nollywood better watch their back cos these other english speaking countries are not playing - they want to bite into this huge market share around the globe and I support them whole heartedly IF the movie is good.)
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Sophie Okenedo (whom i respect as an actress as as such will support any good movie she does) has this new movie which i think is very good and i recommend you to look for it and watch it. It has already received a lot of nods at several film festivals. The story line is very good and based on a true story.
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Synopsis to SKIN
Ten year-old Sandra is distinctly African looking. Her parents, Abraham and Sannie, are white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. They are shopkeepers in a remote area of the Eastern Transvaal and, despite Sandra’s mixed-race appearance, have lovingly brought her up as their ‘white’ little girl.Sandra is sent to a boarding school in the neighbouring town of Piet Retief, where her (white) brother Leon is also studying, but parents and teachers complain that she doesn’t belong. She is examined by State officials, reclassified as ‘Coloured’, and expelled from the school. Sandra’s parents are shocked, but Abraham fights through the courts to have the classification reversed.
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The story becomes an international scandal and media pressure forces the law to change, so that Sandra becomes officially ‘White’ again.By the time she is 17, Sandra realises she is never going to be accepted by the white community. She falls in love with Petrus — a black man, the local vegetable seller, and begins an illicit love affair. Abraham threatens to shoot Petrus and disown Sandra. Sannie is torn between her husband’s rage and her daughter’s predicament.Sandra elopes with Petrus to Swaziland. Abraham alerts the police, has them arrested and put in prison. Sandra is told by the local magistrate to go home, but she refuses.
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Now Sandra must live her life, for the first time, as a black woman in South Africa — with no running water, no sanitation, and little income. She and Petrus have two children, and although she feels more at home in this community, she desperately misses her parents and yearns for a reunion.
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After many more years of hardship and struggle, the chances of that reunion ever happening seem remote. But Sandra carries her father's advice with her wherever she goes: 'Never give up!'
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SKIN is a story of family, forgiveness and the triumph of the human spirit.
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Watch Trailer
(the black actor is kinda cute - His name is Tony Kgoroge, hmm i need to explore more of these other non west african actors, i see we got a lot more cute actors & excellent actors than Jim Iyke, Majid Michel and the likes). The child actor who plays Sophie Okenedos role as a lil girl is also very good (her name is Ella Ramangwane) - I am so impressed with excellent AFRICAN child actors - we dont have too many in Nollywood - but hopefully one day we will.
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If you want to learn a lot more about the real Sandra Laing go here to this youtube clip (25mins long) and watch this (so so sad - makes me angry bout the whole apatheid regime all over again.)
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Watch Trailer from 2007 Kenyan Movie "Malooned"
Since i mentioned Kenya i thought i might as well add this trailer from a 2007 movie by them - Its called "Malooned"
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LET ALL AFRICANS UNITE AND LET US WATCH AND SUPPORT ALL AFRICAN MOVIES, NOT JUST NOLLYWOOD OR GHANA MOVIES.
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LETS TELL OUR OWN STORIES (and tell it in a good way) AND NOT HOLLYWOOD COME IN TO TELL OUR STORIES LIKE "BLOOD DIAMOND", "KING OF SCOTLAND" etc.

1 comment:

Nollywood Forever said...

This is the film to the book that I recently read!!! Cos the girl was named Snadra... It was such a sad and painful story. It was called: When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race. Get ya copy from Amazon now!!! LOL

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