Blind Vaysha

Blind Vaysha

                                Blind Vaysha
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The NFB’s 74th Oscar®-nominated film.

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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Blind Vaysha, Theodore Ushev, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Theodore Ushev
  • animation
    Theodore Ushev
  • voice
    Caroline Dhavernas
  • voice direction
    Julie Burroughs
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • technical director
    Pierre Plouffe
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • production coordinator
    Michèle Labelle
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
  • executive producer
    Julie Roy
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand

  • savi04

    A perfect film to understand the power of now it's a very well made very good movie it shows how people keep on either living in their past or worried for future and the never live in present Very meaningful very well presented beautiful movie As a hypnotherapist I looked at it in so many different ways

    savi04, 27 Feb 2017
  • michellepdaoust

    Beautiful, thoughtful film, and a story I'm just now discovering. The tyranny of regret, of past trauma and nostalgic longing. The maze of anxiety about the future. Sadly, no easy prescription for finding the way to being here, now.

    michellepdaoust, 19 Feb 2017
  • aalazaro

    A truly tour de force of a short film.

    aalazaro, 17 Feb 2017

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