Western Eyes

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.

Extrait de la sélection : Canada’s Diverse Cultures

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

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Commentaires

  • 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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Générique du film

réalisateur
Ann Shin
producteur
Gerry Flahive
directeur de la photographie
Stanislaw Barua
monteur
Nick Hector
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Adrian Tucker
Patrick Skehan
Hartley Wynberg
Mark Korven
conception sonore
Steve Munro
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John F. Thompson
mixeur du repiquage
Steve Munro
Tim Roberts
recherche de documents d'archives
Marianne Kushmaniuk
participant
Sharon Kim
Maria Reba Estante
Ceres Estante
Julie Kim
Andrea Watts
Leslie Davis
Theresa Kong
Michael Farago
Nicole LaSelva

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