Tomer Shushan Award-Winning Short White Eye – Review

Winning Oscar-qualifying Awards at South by Southwest and Urbanworld Film Festival, Writer-Director Tomer Shushan rethinks the principles of morality in White Eye; a short film following a man’s efforts to retrieve his stolen bike, now in possession of a stranger. An alumnus of the Minshar School of Arts film department, Shushan is best known for his shorts White Eye and Inside Shells earning screening at the Sau Paulo International Short Film Film Festival and the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes. 

Shushan depicts a man enthralled in his privileges; his actions fueled by a need to punish the supposed thief that inconvenienced him. There are clear distinctions between the two men. Their only connection is the bike, a physical symbol representing a form of freedom that can be given or stolen; its definition varying by circumstance and person. Shushan encourages the audience to rethink their morals and question the accelerant of their past actions. Further questioning circumstances that led to irreparable measures, where, similar to the “protagonist,” one could not fully comprehend their selfish behavior. 

Shushan reinstates the notion that we are neither the protagonist nor antagonist in life, our operations often fueled by an emotional and irrational accelerant resulting in irreversible mistakes. As the main character finally achieves his goal, he sacrifices another’s freedom. In a limited time frame, White Eye wills audiences to visualize the breadth of their actions and contemplate the effects of pride on others.

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