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17th(2015)



I See You

Sylvelin MAKESTAD

  • Sweden
  • 2014
  • Asian Premiere
  • 82min
  • DCP
  • color
  • Documentary

Asian Premiere

2014 Tempo Documentary Festival / 2014 Goteborg Film Festival



 

I See You is a film about Rena YASS. Rena is blind, but that is only a small part of who she is. She is first of all a completely normal teenager, a knowit-all, who understands everything in this world. Whining about her parents and how they think she should live her life, she is often upset with her world and experience not being taken seriously. Her desire is not to see but to be seen by us.



 

Born with visual impairment, Rena\'s daily life consists of challenging one prejudice after another. She makes a call to an amusement park that offers free admission to the disabled and asks why of all people only the disabled are given that benefit. When the staff member replies, \"Because you can\'t enjoy flowers and scenery here like other people,\" Rena retorts, \"Amusement parks aren\'t the only places where we can\'t see,\" and eventually makes the park management promise that the privilege of free admission will not be given to her. Rena dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher someday, argues with her parents, falls in love, and does woodwork, hammering and sawing like a pro. At a glance, she is just an ordinary teenager who is not seriously challenged by her disability. Hidden behind such an ordinary appearance, however, is the real Rena, who has to check weather forecasts through voice mail each time she goes out, needs a machine that tells colors to choose what to wear, and gets her feelings hurt in the fights she wages against those who make fun of her disability or are inconsiderate. Every day, Rena desperately prays for the strength to get through the day and keep facing challenges. To this young woman, her daily life is the hard-earned result of her enormous labor. As she watches Rena take on the struggle each day hoping to prevent her disability from defining her identity, the director\'s gaze mirrors Rena\'s feelings in that she wants neither sympathy nor wariness from others. Through the thoughtful gaze of the director, the audience comes to regard Rena neither as someone who is so weak that she deserves sympathy nor as a hero like Helen Keller who overcomes her disability, but simply as an ordinary teenager with a strong ego. [LEE Jeeheng]

Director

  • Sylvelin MAKESTADSylvelin MAKESTAD

    Sylvelin MAKESTAD (1987), director and screenwriter based in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts with a bachelor degree in documentary filmmaking in 2013. and studied scriptwriting and cinematography in Copenhagen. Her first feature I See You about a blind girl premiered at Tempofestival 2014.

Credit

  • ProducerStina GARDELL
  • Screenwriter Sylvelin MÅKESTAD
  • Cinematography Erik VALLSTEN, David ODELL, Malin KORKEASALO, Ellen KUGELBERG
  • Editor Stefan SUNDLÖF
  • Music Rebekka KARIJORD