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TIFF 2016 Review: “Blind Vaysha” (2016) ★★★★★


In the world of vivid colors there must be one who sees it one or another way, but not the same way we all do. Just thinking of the past or trying to see the future, who will be the one who oversees the present? Or how dark, uncertain and violent it can be, that one particular person named Blind Vaysa is unable to see it? In this truly remarkable and unlike many other short films you’ve seen, Theodore USHEV’s animated film brings you the definition of irreconcilable realities, and the present that could not fit into it…

Vaysha was born with an unique gift: her left eye sees the past, while the right one sees the future. Is it a spell or a disease? Is she blind or sighted? How can one who sees the horrible and unprosperous future of humanity can decide how to live in the present time? Many come to stand before her doors to offer her a hand and heart. But Vaysha’s gift and ability to see through each one of them makes her feel endlessly lonely, but extremely smart, as there is no one who could have united her side.

As you watch the film, you find Vaysha thinking of removing one of her eyes, but the question is, how can she make a decision when the past and future are worth being seen, despite the future itself being dark and unprosperous and the past full of joy and happy moments? But what is most amazing about Ushev’s gorgeously crafted animated film, is the vision, concept and intelligence that’s so rare to see nowadays.

In conclusion, based on the short story “Blind Vaysha” by Georgi Gospodinov, this short film within eight minutes delivers a delightful result more than any full-length film could ever accomplish. Despite its short length, you will want it to be a a bit longer, as the story of Vaysha, or the version of the future she sees in everyone is quite charming and terrifying at the same time. But at the end of the day, if we could be able to do a fraction of what Vaysha does, we could have changed the world for better. But since it’s not in our power, it’s good at least to be able to own our own future by starting fixing the present, to pass it on to the past in as many happy ways as possible.

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