Skin


Skin

Drama based on the true story of Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo), a black woman who - due to a rare genetic irregularity - was born to white Afrikaner parents in 1950s South Africa.


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Come on, now.

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Let's do it.

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Sandra.

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Sandra Laing?

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Hugh Johnston, World Network News. Could we ask some questions?

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Sandra! Sandra! >

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Can I get your autograph?

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Sorry.

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Look, Mama!

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-I've got a secret.

-Is it a good secret?

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-Yes, very.

-Tell me.

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I've packed Melinda for you.

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Are you ready, my angel?

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Dear God,

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make this journey safe.

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We put our beautiful children, Leon and Sandra, in your care and know that you will bless them.

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Amen.

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Bye!

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There once was a girl who lived in a shop

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Who'd only eat her mismatched socks

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Until, one day, along came a lion

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And gobbled her up in just two hops.

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Windows up.

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OK, Sandra?

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Have a good time.

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Look out for Sandra.

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Off you go.

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Come, my love.

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Bye, Sandra.

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Good afternoon.

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Hello, Mrs Dupier, what a lovely dress.

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Sandra Laing.

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-What's the name again?

-Laing. I'm Leon's mother.

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There. Bed number four, thank you.

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Mama.

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-Why are they all staring?

-You're new here, my sweet.

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They're just curious.

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-Excuse me. What is that?

-Now, what shall we do with Melinda?

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Sandra!

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Do you want her on the bed like home or shall we put her on the table?

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Bed, please, Ma.

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So, it's done.

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Any problems?

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No.

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SOFT CRYING

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Sandra...

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I'm Elise.

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What do you want?

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-I'm from Swaziland. That's another country.

-I know that.

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-I'm not stupid.

-All my friends have always been black.

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I'm not black.

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Upon that Jesus reached out his hand, touched him and said, "I want to."

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And immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

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Close your eyes.

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-For what we are about to receive, Lord, make us truly grateful.

-Amen!

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What happened?

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Tell me.

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I told Annie you weren't black, and she hit me.

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Now, in the early days, our country was vast plains.

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And on these plains were wild animals and savage natives who were always trying to take our land.

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There were many wars between them.

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Why do you think that was, students?

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Er, Darby... Ya?

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Because they were kaffirs, Mevrou.

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That's a bad word, we don't use that language in the classroom.

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-Annie, yes.

-They couldn't live together because they were different.

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-That's right, Annie. Good, good, good! Because they were...?

-ALL: Different.

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Even today, we learn that everything about the Bantu is different.

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What sort of jobs do they do?

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They work in the fields, Mevrou.

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-That's right.

-And in the mines.

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And in the mines.

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My father says he doesn't let them drive the tractors

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because they have monkey hands like Sandra.

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LAUGHTER

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Look. What does this say?

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Meneer Laing,

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a piece of paper is not going to reassure all the parents who

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call me every day to complain that there's a black child at the school.

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Sandra is a disruption.

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You are a servant of the State, and the State requires you to look after my child.

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You must simply do your job.

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My job is to look after all the children at this school.

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Sandra does not belong here.

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It's true.

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Sandra's special.

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Brave, intelligent... a wonderful child.

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Try getting to know her. You'll see.

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What do I always say to you?

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Never give up.

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Never give up!

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Look after your sister, Leon.

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Love to Mama!

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Hey, Mrs Laing. I need a new wife.

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This one, she's too expensive!

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Why do you talk to them?

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Just sell to them, it's all you have to do.

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What did they say?

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-I made sure they heard what

-I

-had to say.

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She'll settle in.

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Leon was the same. Takes time.

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..45.

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Am I sick?

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Sandra. Sevens, please.

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-Begin.

-Seven times one equals seven. Seven times two equals...

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BANGS BLACKBOARD Louder.

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Seven times one equals seven.

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-Seven times two...

-Louder!

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Seven times one equals seven.

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Seven times two equals 14.

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-I said louder! Now begin again.

-Why are you hitting me?

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Give me that. Now stand still! WHIP CRACKS

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WHIP CRACKS REPEATEDLY

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It's disgusting.

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What did I do wrong?

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Ask your parents.

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Papa, what did I do wrong?

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Nothing, my angel. It's all right.

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So, you need three big men for one little girl?

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Sandra has been reclassified coloured.

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-She may no longer attend a white school.

-Are you mad?

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She's our child.

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What are you going to do next?

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Reclassify my wife and me as well?

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Keep quiet, or you'll lose your daughter.

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What?

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-They are losing this country.

-Get off my property! Now!

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Loop!

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Don't worry, Sannie.

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I will fix this.

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-How, Abraham?

-The laws are there to protect us.

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Just have to play these people at their own game.

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-That's all.

-Can they really take her away from us?

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Trust me.

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Just as I have trusted you all these years.

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How many times must we go through this?

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-You know that she is yours.

-You're always so friendly with everyone at the shop.

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Who else is there to talk to?

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-Are you surprised that people talk and look at me?

-Talk about what?

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-I have to live here!

-I live here too!

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What do you think it's like for me?

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SINGS SOFTLY

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Can I sleep here?

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-Aurora?

-Yes.

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Am I really black like you?

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No, child. You are not black. Look.

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Hmm?

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If you stop shivering, you can feel it move.

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-What?

-(The baby.)

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I can't feel anything.

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There, it's moving.

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Oh, she's strong.

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She?

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What if it's a boy?

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Huh?

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Of course, we've always been staunch supporters of the Nationalist government. But you know, to be

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slapped in the face by our own people is indeed very sore.

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-Mr Laing, does Sandra have to be registered as a domestic worker to stay with you?

-When Sandra's of age,

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-who will she be allowed to marry?

-What kind of food does Sandra eat?

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-Please.

-She eats honest, healthy food, made for her by her mother.

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Mrs Laing, are you concerned that you're going to be arrested under the morality act?

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I have never been unfaithful to my husband.

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How do you explain your child's appearance?

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I can't explain it.

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-If there is black blood in our veins, we never knew about them.

-Sandra, come to your pa.

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This is Sandra.

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You may take her photograph, but, please, no questions.

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REPORTERS ALL TALK AT ONCE

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(Abraham, you must stop this.

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(I know what I'm doing.)

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Freak show, Abraham, that's what that was.

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I'm going to get her reclassified white.

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How will that change the colour of her skin?

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I'm doing it for her.

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I'm doing it for all of us.

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Look, I've brought you a present.

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Maybe we'll get it through those curls one day.

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Are you angry?

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Do you want to hit me?

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Come on, hit me.

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Oh!

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Feel better?

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I brought you something else.

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-Did you put cream on Leon too when he was small?

-No.

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Because it burns.

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HE BLOWS GENTLY

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Take a seat, please.

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-Name?

-Sandra Laing.

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What's your relation?

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We're her parents.

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Take a seat.

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Excuse me.

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Sandy.

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Thank you, we'll stand.

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The definition of a white person is a person who in appearance

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obviously is a white person and who is not generally accepted as a coloured person.

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Or, who is generally accepted as a white person

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-and is not in appearance obviously not a white person.

-Is that clear?

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Come.

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Shake your head.

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Harder.

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Turn around.

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Stop.

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All the way.

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Open your mouth.

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Show me your teeth.

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Thank you, you may go.

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Wait, wait!

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Aren't you going to ask about her background, her education, about us, her parents?

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We've seen what we needed to see.

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So, you see that she is white.

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We'll notify you in a few weeks as to what we've determined.

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I'm telling you, she is white.

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I'm her father, I'm as white as you are.

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This is her mother, undeniably white, and Sandra is our daughter.

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Blood of our blood.

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We'll have to ask you to leave now.

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There is nothing to determine.

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Look! What is this, what is this?

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Look! Tell me!

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-Tell me what this is!

-Meneer Laing, stop!

-Look, man! Are you blind?

-Please, Pa, let's go.

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Abraham.

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Thank you, gentlemen. Thank you very much for your time.

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Come.

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Come.

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What happens if it looks like Sandra?

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You won't love the baby any less, will you?

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I love Sandy.

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But...it's hard, Ma.

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I know.

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-I know it is.

-DOOR CLOSES

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Sleep tight.

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COUGHING

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Sandy?

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What's happened?

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SANDRA SOBS

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Should I get Pa?

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No, just get the calamine lotion from my bedroom.

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SOBBING

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Oh, my sweetheart.

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They say she's coloured.

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What does it matter what a piece of paper says?

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Let's just go on with our lives now and look after Sandra the best way that we can.

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You don't understand.

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We're not going to take this lying down.

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She's OUR daughter.

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And I'll take on the whole bloody government if I have to.

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Never give up, Sannie.

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Never give up.

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Are you prepared to swear, before God and on the Bible,

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that you are the parents of this child?

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I am, my Lord.

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-I mean, we are, my Lord.

-Thank you.

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Call in the next witness, please.

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Dr Sparks,

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I believe you have a statement to make?

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I've studied the Laings' case closely...

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I'm a great admirer of brevity, Dr Sparks, but will you please

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give us your area of expertise and your place of work.

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Sorry. Genetics research fellow at Wits University.

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-Thank you.

-I believe there is a plausible genetic explanation for Sandra's appearance.

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The history of our country is such that many, indeed we believe most Afrikaners carry black genes.

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ALL TALK AT ONCE

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Silence. Please go on.

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So, two white-looking parents can contribute enough

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black genes to produce a child quite a lot darker than themselves.

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This phenomenon is commonly known as a throwback.

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We prefer to use the more precise term - polygenic inheritance.

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Thank you, Doctor.

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Abraham!

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What's the matter with you? I didn't kill anyone.

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Hurry up, we're having a baby!

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BLARES HORN

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MOOING

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HORN BLARES

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He looks just like Pa!

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Do you want to hold him?

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Just cradle his head in the crook of your arm. That's right.

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Now, the trick to getting him to eat...

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is to rub his tummy. Just here.

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Good.

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-RADIO:

-'And in Parliament today, an amendment was made to the Population Registration Act.

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'Descent rather than appearance will be the determining factor in all classification cases.

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'Children must now be classified the same race as their parents.

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'Our reporter went to the streets of Pretoria to gather reaction.

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-'This is a betrayal...'

-She's white again.

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Sannie!

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Sannie!

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Sannie!

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She's white again!

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Sandra...

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You're white!

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Sorry I'm late, the fan belt broke.

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I fixed it with my tights the way your Pa taught me.

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Who are the handsomes?

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They're from the boys' school.

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They come over once a month.

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-That's nice.

-Not really.

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Shall I get my bags?

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Put your arms down so I can see you.

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So grown-up! All "Madam this" and "Madam that" now?

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Come and play with me.

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No, I want to say hello to Pa.

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Tell him not to be late. It's your favourite!

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I'll take those and those, that's 25 altogether.

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You can pay me next week.

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This shop's no place for a young lady.

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Look, I got you a typewriter...

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Maybe you could work in an office one day. Much nicer.

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Ma, I want it below the knees.

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You have lovely knees, my sweetheart,

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and all the girls wear them above these days.

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-What do you think, Pa?

-Hmm?

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Very...

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modern.

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Please go.

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Sandra, my sweet, you look like you have seen a ghost.

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It's all too light for me, Ma.

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You don't need that stuff. Your skin is perfect.

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Here...

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I don't want to go out with Johan.

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Who would you prefer? The Swazi boy?

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He's too fat.

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And he wears these...

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tiny shorts. THEY LAUGH

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There's not a lot of choice around here.

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Beautiful.

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..The thing that's not so nice is every Sunday my father chops one of the cocks' head off.

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But the flesh is very tender.

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The red ones, they are the best layers.

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The kids at school, they always said my mother laid the eggs.

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Do you know that you can hypnotise a chicken?

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I promise you, you just put it on its back and then you draw a line from its beak

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and then it just lies there with its mouth open.

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You know, you don't have to feel bad about looking like a coloured.

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It's OK with me. Really.

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I like this song.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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Hi.

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..She's with him.

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I think someone's complaining about you.

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-< We don't want her kind here.

-(Please, let's just go.)

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I promised my dad I'd keep you out until six o'clock.

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It's just another half-hour.

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Will you excuse me?

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I'm stuck.

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It might have been easier if you paid your bill.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Oh!

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That hurt.

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That's why I made you laugh.

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I've got to go.

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Wait here, I'll give you a lift home.

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You can't walk all the way home.

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You won't have any feet left.

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My mother can vouch for my good character, we can go and see her now.

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It will take us two days, but if you insist...

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-You like my van?

-It's yours?

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I saved up for it.

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Two years and eight tonnes of cabbages.

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Have you ever driven and danced all at the same time?

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I didn't think so.

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Just put on the radio for me, please.

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MUSIC STARTS

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Oh, my goodness! La la la la!

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Ha ha!

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Look!

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Where do you live?

0:39:060:39:08

Prefontaine.

0:39:080:39:11

Just over the rainbow.

0:39:110:39:13

I'd better go...

0:39:170:39:18

Before Pa comes out.

0:39:180:39:20

Thank you.

0:39:240:39:26

Where's Johan?

0:39:450:39:46

He dropped me at the gate.

0:39:460:39:49

-He had to get home.

-Did he talk about chickens all afternoon?

0:39:490:39:52

Yes.

0:39:520:39:53

No second date?

0:39:540:39:56

You can't expect to find the right one straight away.

0:39:570:40:00

It took me a long time to find your Pa.

0:40:000:40:03

Good night.

0:40:050:40:07

Look, you pick squashes too early.

0:40:250:40:28

I'll take those, and those, 16 altogether.

0:40:280:40:31

Have Sandra pay you from the till.

0:40:310:40:33

No more than we agreed.

0:40:330:40:36

Yes, boss.

0:40:360:40:37

Thank you.

0:40:480:40:49

My feet are still sore.

0:40:510:40:53

-I have a cure.

-Sandra.

0:40:530:40:55

-Bring me the books from last night.

-Yes, Pa.

0:40:570:40:59

What do you think you're doing with my daughter?

0:41:030:41:05

Uh... Just talking, we was.

0:41:050:41:08

Six feet.

0:41:100:41:12

That's the distance you keep when talking to her.

0:41:120:41:15

Surely.

0:41:150:41:16

Is your hair like that all over?

0:41:270:41:30

-Pardon?

-Down there.

0:41:320:41:34

Is it kaffir you or white you?

0:41:340:41:36

Argh!

0:41:390:41:40

Bitch!

0:41:460:41:47

So that's two she's decided aren't good enough for her.

0:42:010:42:05

Abraham, leave her alone.

0:42:050:42:08

-Do you love me?

-That's a stupid question.

0:42:120:42:17

Look at me.

0:42:170:42:19

-What do you see?

-I see my beautiful girl.

0:42:190:42:23

Pa...

0:42:230:42:24

I'm not white.

0:42:250:42:26

-That's what those boys want, a white girl to marry, to have children with.

-That's enough.

0:42:260:42:31

You're excused from the table, go. Go!

0:42:330:42:36

-Can I help at the shop today?

-Shut up!

0:42:410:42:45

-Didn't you see her bruises?

-Love bites. They're kids.

0:42:490:42:52

No, he was hurting her.

0:42:520:42:54

Abraham, you know this isn't going to be easy.

0:42:540:42:58

Of course it won't be easy.

0:42:580:43:00

But what must she do? Stay out here with us for ever?

0:43:000:43:04

-There are boys at her school, foreign boys.

-Oh, foreign boys.

0:43:040:43:08

They have different ideas, they could take her away.

0:43:080:43:11

Take her away.

0:43:110:43:12

When she was born, you wanted to hide, out here

0:43:120:43:15

in the middle of nowhere and now you want someone to take her away.

0:43:150:43:18

No, I want her to have a life. A good life.

0:43:180:43:21

She will marry an Afrikaner, because that's what she is. Afrikaans.

0:43:210:43:25

-Good morning.

-Good morning, boss.

0:43:310:43:33

Don't go.

0:43:490:43:50

So is it a good secret, the one that you're keeping?

0:45:050:45:08

Very.

0:45:100:45:12

The car needs a new carburettor.

0:45:120:45:13

Don't wait. Tell Nora to keep some dinner warm for me.

0:45:130:45:17

He is still cross with me.

0:45:200:45:22

You could try harder.

0:45:230:45:25

You are just as stubborn as he is.

0:45:250:45:27

He ignores everything I say.

0:45:270:45:30

It's not personal.

0:45:300:45:31

Your Pa thinks two words strung together is a conversation.

0:45:310:45:34

So, are you going to tell me about it?

0:45:380:45:41

It's nothing.

0:45:420:45:44

It doesn't matter.

0:45:440:45:47

My scars traditionally

0:46:220:46:27

protect me from evil.

0:46:270:46:30

They make me strong and lucky.

0:46:300:46:33

That is how I got you.

0:46:330:46:35

What about that one?

0:46:370:46:38

From my grandmother.

0:46:400:46:43

She hit me with a frying pan.

0:46:440:46:45

She is a tough woman.

0:46:480:46:50

How do you do that?

0:46:550:46:58

Make me feel better?

0:46:580:46:59

I try hard.

0:47:010:47:03

Where have you been?

0:47:140:47:16

For a walk...to see Nora.

0:47:180:47:20

Try again.

0:47:220:47:23

What are you doing with that kaffir?

0:47:250:47:27

-Tell me!

-No.

-I saw with my own eyes.

0:47:270:47:31

This is your fault.

0:47:330:47:34

Back to bed, sweetheart.

0:47:390:47:40

Move your hand or I'll put a nail through it.

0:47:440:47:46

Let's hear what she has to say before you imprison her.

0:47:460:47:49

No more smart talk, Sandy, this is serious.

0:47:570:47:59

I like him.

0:48:030:48:04

Petrus.

0:48:050:48:06

Petrus?

0:48:060:48:08

-You like him? Like a friend, like a brother?

-A boyfriend.

0:48:100:48:15

Petrus is a black man.

0:48:210:48:23

-Dirt in this country.

-He understands me, Ma.

0:48:230:48:26

You can't help what you were born with, but you can help what you become.

0:48:260:48:30

Now, go and wash your face.

0:48:300:48:32

You have punished your father enough.

0:48:330:48:35

Ma.

0:48:370:48:39

Welcome home, son.

0:48:530:48:54

Good boy.

0:48:560:48:57

Nora.

0:49:090:49:10

Hey!

0:49:170:49:18

Dead and buried.

0:49:200:49:22

That's how you'll be if you come near my property or my family again.

0:49:220:49:26

-You understand?

-Sure, Boss Laing.

0:49:260:49:29

-Boss Laing.

-You can't be a brave kaffir, so you must be a stupid one.

0:50:000:50:04

-I don't think you understand...

-You have till three.

0:50:040:50:07

Three!

0:50:070:50:09

No.

0:50:100:50:11

Abraham, stop!

0:50:170:50:19

Abraham.

0:50:400:50:41

-Remember she's your daughter.

-Why do you think I am doing this?

0:50:490:50:53

I didn't let the state take her away. I'm not going to let some bloody kaffir tear my family apart.

0:50:530:50:58

Can I help you, boss?

0:51:250:51:26

Petrus Zwane. Do you know where he stays?

0:51:280:51:30

THEY SPEAK IN SWAHILI

0:51:320:51:35

OK. They say he went to Swaziland to a cousin's for a while in Babani.

0:51:380:51:43

And who are you?

0:51:550:51:57

-Sandra.

-Louder!

-Sandra Laing.

0:51:570:51:59

Get dressed, both of you. Now!

0:52:050:52:07

Hurry up!

0:52:110:52:12

In you go.

0:52:190:52:20

How long should she be punished?

0:52:490:52:52

That's for the magistrate to decide.

0:52:520:52:55

She has committed a crime.

0:52:560:52:58

She needs time to think.

0:53:000:53:01

Repent.

0:53:030:53:04

All rise.

0:53:410:53:42

Be seated.

0:53:500:53:51

Sandra Laing,

0:53:550:53:56

you have been detained for three months for entering the Kingdom of Swaziland illegally.

0:53:560:54:01

I am prepared to release you now

0:54:020:54:04

on condition you return to your parents' home until you are of age.

0:54:040:54:09

Sandra, come. You heard what the magistrate said.

0:54:220:54:26

You put me in there. I'm not going with you.

0:54:280:54:30

My baby, please come home. Your father knows that he was wrong.

0:54:300:54:35

Abraham.

0:54:350:54:36

We want you home, Sandra. Your mother, Adriaan, Leon.

0:54:380:54:44

And me, too. I want you home.

0:54:440:54:46

It's not possible.

0:54:470:54:49

Please, we made a mistake, both of us.

0:54:490:54:52

Sandra, if you don't come now you will never see your family again, I promise you.

0:54:570:55:03

No, Abraham.

0:55:030:55:05

He doesn't mean it.

0:55:050:55:07

I'm pregnant.

0:55:080:55:09

Do you still want me home?

0:55:140:55:16

Sandie...

0:55:280:55:29

You two are the only family your mother and I have now.

0:56:180:56:21

You understand?

0:56:210:56:22

She left you, too, you know?

0:56:270:56:28

SHE WAILS IN PAIN

0:56:310:56:33

It's coming. Push!

0:56:330:56:38

My baby.

0:56:440:56:46

He OK. Here is your baby.

0:56:550:56:58

BABY CRIES

0:57:010:57:05

SHOUTS OF DELIGHT

0:57:390:57:41

Way-hey!

0:57:540:57:57

SNEEZES AND RECITES

0:58:000:58:05

BABY CRIES

0:58:250:58:28

-Where's your truck?

-I sold it. Investment for the future.

0:58:510:58:56

And with a shop, we can buy two more.

0:58:560:58:59

Maybe 100 more.

0:58:590:59:00

JAZZY MUSIC PLAYS

0:59:100:59:11

Now, this is one thing they'll never take away from us.

0:59:220:59:26

Can you imagine them doing that?

0:59:260:59:29

-Was Petrus always such a show off?

-Always.

0:59:530:59:55

But with you now, he has something to show off about.

0:59:550:59:58

Please, he meant no harm.

1:00:111:00:12

Petrus, where's the beer? I'm not drunk enough.

1:00:121:00:16

-I thought you were happy here.

-I am.

1:01:001:01:03

-Then why are you writing letters to your mother?

-I miss her.

1:01:031:01:08

It doesn't mean I don't love you.

1:01:081:01:10

Nora, what did she just give you?

1:01:321:01:35

-Nothing, boss.

-Give it to me.

1:01:361:01:37

Hey!

1:01:431:01:44

Tell Sandra her mother wants nothing to do with her. Off you go.

1:01:461:01:50

If you ever lie to me again, I'll kick you out of here.

1:01:541:01:58

Don't.

1:02:131:02:14

-Can't we go to them?

-Sannie...

-I'm begging you, please.

1:02:251:02:30

-You realise how these people are living?

-She's your daughter.

1:02:311:02:35

OK, so we go and see them. Then what?

1:02:371:02:41

We bring them here, make a home for her and the baby out the back with Nora?

1:02:411:02:45

What are you talking about? Sandra lives here with us.

1:02:451:02:48

And Petrus?

1:02:491:02:51

Must we invite him to live in the house with us, as well?

1:02:511:02:54

All I am asking is that we see Sandra and her baby.

1:02:551:03:00

No. She made that choice.

1:03:021:03:05

Leave it.

1:03:191:03:20

CAR ENGINE REVS

1:03:221:03:25

Get out. Get out!

1:03:341:03:37

You know what keeps me awake at night?

1:03:411:03:44

Maybe she made the right choice.

1:03:451:03:47

Put that away. I don't like things that make you sad.

1:03:591:04:02

I want to be your wife.

1:04:061:04:07

-You are.

-I mean your real wife.

1:04:091:04:12

Legal wife.

1:04:121:04:14

You know what that involves.

1:04:141:04:15

Too much of your father in you.

1:04:191:04:21

CHANTING

1:04:421:04:46

So, you want to be reclassified coloured?

1:05:061:05:09

Yes. My son is coloured and I want to marry his father, who is black.

1:05:091:05:14

And you are?

1:05:141:05:16

White. According to the government.

1:05:161:05:18

Is this a joke?

1:05:201:05:21

I'm afraid not.

1:05:211:05:22

-Are you the father?

-Yes, boss.

1:05:251:05:27

Just a minute.

1:05:301:05:31

I'm sorry, I can't help you.

1:05:451:05:46

I need your birth certificate. Next!

1:05:471:05:50

Wait. What am I supposed to do in the meantime?

1:05:501:05:53

As long as you don't have an ID card, you don't exist.

1:05:541:05:57

Well if I don't exist, can I still live with my coloured child and his black father?

1:05:571:06:02

No. You're breaking the law.

1:06:031:06:05

-This is him.

-Beautiful boy!

1:07:051:07:09

Do you know who I am?

1:07:131:07:15

Did your mother tell you about me?

1:07:151:07:18

Why didn't you write?

1:07:191:07:20

I did. Your Pa burned all the letters.

1:07:221:07:24

I wish we had more time. Your Pa's going to be back any minute.

1:07:271:07:30

Ma, I need my birth certificate.

1:07:301:07:33

I want to be reclassified coloured.

1:07:341:07:36

Ma, they could take my baby away from me.

1:07:391:07:41

Oh, Sandy, are you sure?

1:07:431:07:46

Yes. I'm happy.

1:07:461:07:47

I'll find a way to get it to you, I promise.

1:07:541:07:57

Can I keep this, until next time?

1:08:011:08:03

Wait.

1:08:081:08:09

Come again.

1:08:251:08:26

Stay in the car.

1:09:171:09:18

Your grandson has your eyes.

1:09:231:09:25

If I ever find them here,

1:09:251:09:28

I will kill them and then myself.

1:09:281:09:31

You were given more than enough warning.

1:09:541:09:56

This is now a whites-only area.

1:09:561:10:00

Please proceed in an orderly manner.

1:10:041:10:06

Petrus!

1:10:231:10:24

Move!

1:10:561:10:58

-I don't know what else to bring.

-You don't need that.

1:11:191:11:22

Or your birth certificate. In your head, you're still white.

1:11:221:11:25

I left my family for you, Petrus.

1:11:321:11:35

I don't know what else to give you.

1:11:351:11:36

You don't understand. I have nothing. My son has nothing.

1:11:371:11:42

And you can always go home.

1:11:421:11:44

This is my home!

1:11:441:11:45

They take our homes, our families.

1:12:551:12:57

And we are supposed to believe we're human?

1:13:011:13:04

My wife is white.

1:13:181:13:20

Her skin is a curse.

1:13:261:13:28

I'm pregnant again.

1:13:361:13:37

It's a blessing.

1:13:371:13:39

SINGING

1:15:151:15:18

-It doesn't like it, Hendry.

-Leave me alone.

1:15:491:15:51

He says his leg is much better.

1:15:511:15:53

The doctor says it's fractured not broken.

1:15:551:15:59

He should be able to send money home soon and he misses you.

1:16:011:16:05

Not now, I'm busy.

1:16:071:16:09

Hendry hit me.

1:16:091:16:10

Let's hope it bites him, eh?

1:16:131:16:15

He's sorry he hasn't written in so long, but he was arrested.

1:16:271:16:31

I can't make out the next bit.

1:16:321:16:35

Break it up. Break it. That's it.

1:16:391:16:43

"My Dearest Ma,

1:16:441:16:45

"I think of you and Pa...

1:16:451:16:48

You can't read my letters.

1:16:481:16:49

Is the white madam telling the kaffir what he can and cannot do?

1:16:511:16:55

Watch carefully. This is how my mother taught me how to make it.

1:16:581:17:02

Hey. I'm sick of hearing about your mother.

1:17:021:17:05

You want to make things grow, you need water.

1:17:071:17:10

Didn't your mother tell you that?

1:17:101:17:13

Sandra...

1:17:171:17:18

THUNDER

1:17:481:17:51

SNORING

1:17:511:17:54

I'll keep in touch, I promise.

1:18:411:18:43

You've been like a mother to me.

1:18:431:18:45

A gogo, maybe. We all have two gogos, but only one mother.

1:18:451:18:51

(Thank you.)

1:18:561:18:57

I know you.

1:20:251:20:27

Utembi.

1:20:291:20:30

We played together as children, you taught me to swim.

1:20:331:20:36

Her father. Shout, shout!

1:20:381:20:39

Where did my parents go?

1:20:421:20:44

She went to Pongola. There were relatives there. A cousin.

1:20:461:20:51

Yes, I think so.

1:20:511:20:53

Hey. Do you want a lift?

1:21:041:21:07

DOORBELL RINGS

1:21:341:21:35

Wait. Let me explain.

1:21:441:21:46

Go away or I'll call the police.

1:21:461:21:48

I'm Sandra.

1:21:481:21:49

-Ma.

-'Sandy.'

1:22:071:22:10

It's me, mama.

1:22:131:22:14

Sandra.

1:22:171:22:19

Please, mama.

1:22:211:22:23

I need to see you.

1:22:231:22:25

'I've left Petrus.

1:22:261:22:28

'Tell me where you are.'

1:22:281:22:30

Sannie, who is it?

1:22:301:22:32

'I'm sorry, Sandra.

1:22:351:22:38

'Your father is very sick.'

1:22:381:22:40

I miss you so much.

1:22:411:22:44

I love you, mama.

1:22:511:22:52

Sannie.

1:22:521:22:54

I have to go to him now.

1:22:581:23:00

'I love you, too.'

1:23:051:23:06

RECEIVER CLICKS

1:23:141:23:15

Where is she?

1:23:401:23:41

With Anna in Pongola.

1:23:431:23:45

Take me to her.

1:23:471:23:48

No.

1:23:501:23:53

It's not possible, I'm telling you.

1:23:531:23:55

You are too sick. I'm going to get your lunch and your tablets now.

1:23:561:24:00

Ah!

1:24:051:24:06

What the hell are you doing?!

1:24:091:24:11

I'm going to Pongola. I'm going to see her.

1:24:131:24:17

You are going nowhere.

1:24:171:24:19

Now get back to bed.

1:24:191:24:21

Doctor's orders.

1:24:211:24:23

All these years you've kept us apart, you didn't even want to see the pictures of her children.

1:24:291:24:34

What has changed?

1:24:341:24:36

Why is it OK to go now?

1:24:361:24:39

Please, I need to see her.

1:24:391:24:42

You need to see her?

1:24:421:24:44

I have needed to see her every day for the last 10 years.

1:24:461:24:50

I'm so sorry, I was wrong.

1:24:501:24:52

I have to tell her.

1:24:551:24:57

Come on.

1:25:001:25:02

You want her forgiveness?

1:25:021:25:04

You don't deserve it. Neither do I.

1:25:041:25:09

Sannie, I'm begging you.

1:25:101:25:13

No.

1:25:131:25:16

You made your choice.

1:25:161:25:18

-Coming?

-Let's do it.

1:26:191:26:23

Could we ask some questions?

1:27:011:27:04

OK, don't look at the camera.

1:27:041:27:07

Did you vote today?

1:27:091:27:11

-Yes.

-She needs to speak up.

1:27:131:27:16

A little bit louder this time.

1:27:161:27:18

Most people will remember your story, how do you feel about the changes happening in South Africa?

1:27:201:27:26

I'm happy for the country

1:27:261:27:29

but it's too late for me.

1:27:291:27:32

I haven't seen my parents in nearly 20 years.

1:27:321:27:36

I don't know where they are.

1:27:391:27:41

Special delivery.

1:27:551:27:58

Sandra. Sandra, can I get your autograph?

1:28:101:28:14

She thinks she's too famous for us!

1:28:241:28:26

Hendry! Come and help me, please.

1:28:491:28:53

-Hi, Mum.

-Hi.

1:29:001:29:02

-Hello, Mum.

-Hi.

1:29:041:29:06

-Is it a secret admirer?

-It's from my mother.

1:29:201:29:25

My father died of cancer.

1:29:251:29:27

Two years ago.

1:29:271:29:29

I can read it for you, Mum.

1:29:331:29:35

The money's from my father.

1:29:351:29:37

The same amount he left my brothers.

1:29:371:29:40

Is that it?

1:29:441:29:45

-Are you going to write back, Mum?

-There's no return address.

1:29:501:29:55

-We cannot release that information.

-I thought this was the new South Africa.

1:30:031:30:08

-Haven't you heard of the Freedom Of Information Act?

-Too many times.

1:30:081:30:11

I'm not leaving till you give me my file.

1:30:111:30:15

There's a lady here by the name of Sandra Laing. She doesn't want to go away. She's talking about....

1:30:201:30:24

Sandra Laing?

1:30:301:30:33

-You won't remember me.

-Uh-uh.

1:30:331:30:35

I know who you are.

1:30:351:30:38

I heard you got yourself classified coloured again.

1:30:381:30:41

It was necessary.

1:30:411:30:43

After all the trouble your father went to.

1:30:431:30:45

My father is dead.

1:30:451:30:47

-I'm sorry.

-Please...

1:30:471:30:50

I need you to help me find my mother before she also dies.

1:30:501:30:54

Sandra, we don't keep those records here.

1:30:541:30:57

Where else can I go?

1:30:571:30:59

This is a pensions office, not a detective agency.

1:31:001:31:04

If she's alive, you must pay her a pension.

1:31:041:31:07

Surely you have her details?

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Mm.

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There are 70 other clerks here and it's always me.

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You've got a kind face.

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No, I don't.

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I have a fat face. People can't tell the difference.

1:31:211:31:24

Oh, sorry, the old lady left months ago.

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-I heard she had a stroke.

-Thank you.

1:32:171:32:23

Was it really worth it, Ma?

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I thought you understood.

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I thought so too.

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But what's wrong with us?

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Aren't we enough for you?

1:32:481:32:50

Of course you are.

1:32:501:32:53

You never stop needing your parents.

1:32:531:32:55

They're part of who you are.

1:32:561:32:58

HAMMERING AT DOOR

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Oh, hello, Coco.

1:33:201:33:21

Phone for you, Sandra.

1:33:211:33:23

Thank you.

1:33:301:33:32

Hello?

1:33:381:33:40

Listen, Sandra,

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I, er, spoke to the Chief of Police.

1:33:421:33:45

He made some enquiries.

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Your daughter's here to see you.

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My daughter?

1:34:291:34:31

Well, aren't you going to say something?

1:34:491:34:51

You had plenty to say to that TV reporter.

1:34:541:34:57

I just told the truth.

1:34:591:35:01

You weren't the only one who suffered, you know.

1:35:011:35:04

I shouldn't have come.

1:35:061:35:08

Sandra!

1:35:081:35:10

Is there a key in the dresser?

1:35:121:35:15

No, not there, the draw.

1:35:241:35:26

No, the other one...

1:35:291:35:30

-Let me help you?

-I can get it myself.

1:35:341:35:36

Don't be so stubborn, Ma.

1:35:361:35:38

Come.

1:35:431:35:44

Unlock that cupboard.

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That one.

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The box.

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I put it in storage so your pa couldn't get it.

1:36:481:36:52

Doves shit a lot.

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-SANDRA LAUGHS

-Ma!

-It's true.

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Your pa didn't like me swearing but I enjoy it now.

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He wasn't a bad man.

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He did the best he could.

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Never give up.

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I wish that I had never heard those words.

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No, Ma,

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they kept me going.

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CHEERING

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Powerful drama based on the true story of Sandra Laing, a black woman who - due to a rare genetic irregularity - was born to white Afrikaner parents in 1950s South Africa and ostracised from white society as a result of the apartheid regime.


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