Robbins tips the balance with his one-dimensional performance, and the earnest script follows in kind, settling for the sort of paternalistic take on black power and dignity that has dogged virtually every film like this.
A dark skinned girl born to white South African parents attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid as her government, her parents, and society as a whole struggle with what it means to be a black child of Caucasian descent in a nation deeply divided by race. The year is 1955. Sandra Laing, Sophie Okonedo, has just been born to a pair of white Afrikaner parents, her brown skin and curly hair the surprising result of genetic throwback. As the government's rigid apartheid system struggles with whether to classify Sandra as white or black, the young girl and her parents gradually realize that the complications they face due to her appearance run deep and wide. MPAA Rating: PG-13 Skin Films Limited and Moonlighting Skin Productions,Pty, Ltd 2008
From director Clint Eastwood, "Invictus" tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Micah Mangena is sitting on a powder keg and doesn't know it. He's a sergeant in South Africa's police force, an unquestioning supporter of the powers that be. But the strife tearing at the fabric of 1980 South Africa is about to rip Micah's own world violently apart.
Based on actual events, two girls from opposite sides of the world come together and change each other’s lives. Mahree lives in apartheid South Africa with her wealthy family. Piper Dellums is the daughter of an U.S. congressman in Washington, D.C. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellum’s house, she and Piper realize they weren’t what each other expected. Each girl will have to question the assumptions she has made and learn the true color of friendship.