Director: Emilija Škarnulytė

Lithuania, Documentary, 2012, 13 min, lithuanian with english subtitles, V

In the spring of 1986, Aldona lost her vision and became permanently blind. The nerves in her eyes were poisoned. Doctors claimed that it was probably due to Chernobyl's Nuclear Power Plant explosion. In the film we follow Aldona through a daily sojourn to Grūtas Park, touching both the past and the present. This film is a sensuous portrait of a woman who has outlived a brutal system, marked by it, but not defeated. We are in her kingdom now, in her sound, smell and touch. The reading of the wrinkled surface of the monumental sculptures by Aldona‘s hand is a gesture of a forgiving, tender and wise queen. The blind seer is an old archetype. They are blind, but yet they can see more than we can.

Section: Emilija Škarnulytė film programme „Visions“

Screenplay: Emilija Škarnulytė

Dir. of Photography: Emilija Škarnulytė

Music: Emilija Škarnulytė