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Public invited to attend free screening of ‘Skin’

1/30/2012 —

The public is invited to attend a free screening of ‘Skin,’ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The film, which is part of the campus’ Global Film Series, depicts a true story set in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners who are unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community and raise their child as a white girl. However, at age 10, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows her 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance and betrayal to reconciliation as she struggles to define her place in a changing world.

Following the film, Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth will give an informal presentation about apartheid and South Africa and audience members will be invited to open questions for discussion. Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology at Beaver campus, is a native of South Africa.

For information about the Global Film Series, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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