Controversial film 'Skin' provides unique look at apartheid

March 16, 2012

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the controversial film "Skin" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The film, which is part of the campus’ Global Film Series, depicts a true story set in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s.

The film’s main character, Sandra Laing, is a black child born to white Afrikaners who are unaware of their black ancestry. Sandra’s parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, and they raise her as a white girl. However, at age 10, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows her 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance and betrayal to reconciliation as she struggles to define her place in a changing world.

Following the film, Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology and a native of South Africa, will give an informal presentation about apartheid and audience members are invited to raise questions for discussion.

For information about the Global Film Series or "Skin," contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at or 724-773-3947. For directions to campus, visit

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Last Updated March 19, 2012