Skin has its local premiere at CMA



A film about a young black woman born to white South African parents, Skin has its local premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. It shows again at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Here's our review of the film.

Skin (Britain/South Africa, 2008) Based on the true story of a black girl born to white South African parents, Skin works on several different levels. It’s both an effective period piece that conveys the country’s political tension and it’s the personal story of a girl who had to suffer great hardship because of a genetic anomaly. Through flashbacks, we see young Sandra (Ella Ramangwane) get excluded from private school because of the color of her skin. But most of the story concerns the young adult Sandra (Sophie Okonedo) who struggles with her strict father (Sam Neill) who tries to prevent her from dating the black man (Tony Kgoroge) with whom she falls in love. As much as the movie is about Sandra’s tribulations and her struggle to change her “classification” from white to black, it’s Neill who really shines as the strong-willed and obstinate father who has disowned his daughter and refuses to reconcile. ***

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.