This short film tells the story of Vaysha, a young girl born with one green eye and one brown eye. But colour isn’t the only thing that’s different about Vaysha’s gaze. While her left eye sees only the past; her right sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from inhabiting the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her.
In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of keeping our sights on the present moment.
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Ages 14 to 18
Study Guide - Guide 1
English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Philosophical short film that uses symbolism to explore questions about our relationship to time, memory, and the future. Is Vaysha a hero or a victim? In what ways are we like Vaysha—blind to the present? Do you, your friends, your family or our society spend more time looking ahead or looking behind? If you were in Vaysha’s position, would you keep the eye that only saw the past or the eye that only saw the future, and why?