Skin–A movie to take you back


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?


My husband and I spent 22 years working with African young people in South Africa under Apartheid, which deepened my passion for the disenfranchised. During regular returns to the US I earned my MA in Communications at Wheaton Graduate School. Later I became head of publications for Partners International and edited a quarterly magazine. In the 90's I directed the AD2000 Women's Track networking with thousands of international women leaders in Christian ministry. I have written/published twelve books on missions, biography, fiction, most recently two biographical novels about Dr. Katharine Bushnell, nineteenth century crusader against what is known today as trafficking. Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen's Daughters are available in Kindle as well as print on Amazon. I was married to Allen, now deceased, my lifelong sweetheart. We had four sons,( one deceased,) one daughter, and 18 grandchildren. How can I help but praise God for the full life He's given me, and the opportunities even in my senior years, to live purposefully.

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