Western Eyes

Western Eyes

| 39 min

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This documentary presents two Canadian women of Asian descent who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon, of Philippino and Korean heritage respectively, believe their looks--specifically their eyes--get in the way of how people see them. Layering their stories with pop culture references to beauty icons and supermodels, filmmaker Ann Shin looks at the pain that lies deep behind the desire for plastic surgery.

One participant in Western Eyes says, “Life is about self improvement.” The question is, at what cost? Asian women who don’t feel that they fit our society’s ideal of beauty are portrayed in this film, which asks: Who decides what is beautiful and what if you don’t feel like you fit in?

Albert Ohayon
De la sélection : Canada’s Diverse Cultures

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Western Eyes , Ann Shin, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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  • réalisateur
    Ann Shin
  • producteur
    Gerry Flahive
  • directeur de la photographie
    Stanislaw Barua
  • monteur
    Nick Hector
  • None
    Ricardo Diaz
    Ann Shin
    Mark Korven
    Colin Baxter
    Tim Roberts
    John F. Thompson
    Steve Polley
    Timothy Mehlenbacher
    Trackworks Inc.
    Debbie Cook
  • preneur de son
    Adrian Tucker
    Patrick Skehan
    Hartley Wynberg
  • assistant monteur
    Colin Mackie
    Irina Vigdortchik
  • gérant de production
    Beverly Haffner
  • assistance à la caméra
    David Johns
    Lainie Knox
  • assistant de production
    Enrico Pradal
  • monteur en ligne
    Warren Chinn
  • coloration
    Joanne Rourke
  • conception sonore
    Steve Munro
  • mixeur du repiquage
    Steve Munro
    Tim Roberts
  • titres de début
    Command Post, Toybox
  • conception des titres
    Jeff Campbell
  • recherche de documents d'archives
    Marianne Kushmaniuk
  • photos
    David Griffith
  • superviseur de production
    Kemp Archibald
  • assistant superviseur de production
    James Fiege
  • stagiaire à la technique
    Kevin Drysdale
  • adjoint administratif à la production
    Lea Marin-Jara
  • administrateur de programme
    Ida Di Fruscia
  • producteur exécutif
    Louise Lore
  • participant
    Sharon Kim
    Maria Reba Estante
    Ceres Estante
    Julie Kim
    Andrea Watts
    Leslie Davis
    Theresa Kong
    Michael Farago
    Nicole LaSelva

  • Jane1

    Maria already has double eyelids naturally (because she's Philippino & the vast majority of them have double eyelids) & a bit pointy nose. What the author tries to hide is the fact that almost all (99% plus) of Chinese, Koreans, Japanese have single eye lids. My estimate is more than 75% of Chinese in Canada & USA & China aged 22 to 50 have undergone double eyelid surgery because in the old Chinese custom, you're only beautiful if you have big eyes (double eyelid). Maybe this surgery fact is true to Koreans & Japanese too. My estimate is way below less than 1% of Philippinos in Canada, USA, Philippines get this surgery because they are known of having big eyes & that's why in 2010 alone 50,000 Chinese settled in Philippines hoping to mix with the big eyed Philippinos.

    Jane1, 16 Mai 2014
  • cardkleener

    Maria is a beautiful woman. Too bad she feels the way she does, about herself.

    cardkleener, 15 Oct 2012
  • BillWoollam

    I remember when I came out of high school in the early 70's to become a meditation teacher. Sometimes while meditating on a park bench, younger teens would throw stones at me. A few times while putting up posters to advertise a 'meditation lecture' the odd adult would say that meditation was the work of the devil....or that is was 'unChristian'....I could feel when prejudice and malice were working within others at certain times. It must have been far more difficult to grow up in our 'barbie doll' culture and be of Asian or African decent. I know children and adults can unconsciously say the most hurtful things. Today I am married to a Filippino woman who definately looks Asian...but so what. She is beautiful inside and out in my eyes. I remind her of her own unique beauty. Yet, I know one Filippino/Canadian boy who wishes his mom was white...and tells her she is ugly. To me the Father has not done his job to help his son honor his mother and her own unique beauty. It must be difficult for so many who are surrounded by individuals who cannot see beyond the skin color....who cannot see the inner and outer beauty of people of different races or beliefs.

    BillWoollam, 15 Jan 2011
  • jmatlin

    @Elena - It should work. Please try refreshing the page and hitting play again.

    jmatlin, 29 Oct 2010
  • elena_valussi

    why is this film not available? Thank you Elena

    elena_valussi, 29 Oct 2010

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