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In a culture where the standard of beauty is
unyielding, what happens to women who feel they don't fit in? What goes on
inside a woman who is desperately unhappy with how she looks on the outside?
Western Eyes examines the search for beauty and racial identity
through the eyes of Maria Estante and Sharon Kim, young women contemplating
cosmetic surgery. Both of Asian descent, the two 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 takes a hip approach to telling the
real-time emotional journeys of Maria and Sharon. Using the camera to look
past skin, Shin looks at the pain that lies deep behind the desire for
plastic surgery. Western Eyes is a brilliant examination of beauty
and perception: how we see; how we are seen; how we see how we are seen.
Maria Reba Estante,