Stolen Eyes | 2004
The impossible relationship between a Muslim Bulgarian woman and a non-Muslim Bulgarian man. Ivan is a romantic young fellow, who gets caught up in the so-called "regeneration process" (when ethnic Turks' names were forcibly changed to Bulgarian ones). He is responsible for the official seals, which are required to issue the new identity documents after the forced name changes. School teacher Ayten tries to steal the seals, thinking this might slow down the ethnic genocide. Ivan and Ayten's unexpected meeting brings these two people together, forcing Ivan to make a fateful decision--he must either "rename" Ayten, or face the consequences if he does not. Later on, fate bring them together once again. Ayten's small child is killed during an action by the special forces. Ivan, who has been among the main participants, is paralyzed with shock. The security forces decide to "erase" his memory. Ayten is also put in isolation, in the same hospital. From death, which is the only choice left to each of them, comes the common past of Ayten and Ivan. They gradually accept their differences and grow much closer to one another. But will the people around them accept their choice?