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We will begin emailing winners for this the week of February 19, 2011, which means you have until February 18, 2011 at 11:59 to enter.
FROM THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Sandra Laing (Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees) was born a black child in the 1950s to white Afrikaners unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents,rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, lovingly raise her as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, facing prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features, Sandra is driven out of society. The powerful, inspirational SKIN follows Sandra’s extraordinary 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world – and triumphs against all odds. Based on an incredible true story of family, forgiveness and the celebration of the human spirit, SKIN – winner of more than ten film festival awards, including “Best Feature” – makes it DVD debut on February 1 following its 30 market national theatrical release.
As a girl, Sandra is sent to a boarding school in the nearby town of Piet Retief, but when 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 her father, Abraham (Neill), fights through the courts to have the classification reversed. 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 realizes she is never going to be accepted by the white community. She falls in love with Petrus – a black man, and begins an illicit love affair. When Sandra elopes with Petrus, Abraham has them arrested and put in prison. Told by the local magistrate to go home, she refuses, and now she must live her life, for the first time, as a black woman in South Africa – with no running water, no sanitation, and little income. Although she feels more at home in this community, she desperately misses her parents and yearns for a reunion, the chances of which seem ever more remote as each year of hardship and struggle wears on. But Sandra carries her father’s advice with her wherever she goes: “Never give up!” in this ultimately uplifting true story based on the best-selling book by Judith Stone.