Based on the best-selling book, “When She Was White by Judith Stone,’ this acclaimed film (2008) takes you back to South Africa in the last century when apartheid destroyed relationships between black and whites — even within families. Sandra (played by Sophie Okonedo) is born to a white Afrikaans family, but because of a genetic throwback to African ancestors in their pasts, she appears to be an African. Legally declared “colored” she could not attend white schools, and is shunned by whites associates. She eventually begins an illicit love affair with a black man. Torn between her family and her heart, Sandra struggles against hardship and racial intolerance.
If you’ve read my book, “The Soweto Legacy” (see about books) you’ll be able to “see and hear” how people treated each other. Have we truly succeeded in healing these hurtful attitudes?