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What is it like to live in a 3D world with 2D vision?

What is it like rewire one’s brain to see in depth and improve one’s visual acuity as an adult?

Find out in One-Eyed Princess, Susanna’s new medical autobiography!

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In this CBS television interview in San Francisco, I speak about “One-Eyed Princess,” my new book about vision therapy, being cross-eyed and what is like to see in 2D in a 3D world.

I was born with strabismus (crossed-eyes), and even after two operations to cosmetically straighten my eyes, they are not straight. As a result, my brain doesn’t fuse the images from both eyes to create a 3D image. I don’t see in 3D. I see flat. Over the last six and a half years, I have been doing vision therapy to rewire my brain to see in more depth.

Watch this video to learn more:

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Bosnian newspaper articles (left: Oslobodenje, right: Dnevni List) about the BHRT television broadcast of “Spasio ga jezik” (Saved by Language) on February 21, 2016.


Almost 30,000 Bosnian television viewers watched Saved by Language on BHRT television on Sunday, February 21, International Mother Language Day.

The producers of the documentary Saved by Language are organizing a Judeo-Spanish Language Week online festival. Four recent films and one new audio project about the endangered language of Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) will be available for free from February 21 to February 26 at: http://muestroespanyol.com/.



One of the goals of International Mother Language Day is to highlight the importance of preserving endangered languages. UNESCO estimates that half of the world’s 6000 languages are at risk of extinction, at the rate of one language dying every few weeks.

The purpose of the Judeo-Spanish Language Week online festival is to give people an opportunity to learn more about the endangered Judeo-Spanish language that originates from the Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. The language has two main variants: Haketia, originating from North Africa — a mix of 15th century Spanish with Arabic, Hebrew and French— and the Judeo-Spanish dialects that developed in the Balkans and Turkey —a mix of 15th century Spanish with influences from Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic French and Slavic languages. The media in this series illustrate the rich tapestry of voices that make up the Judeo-Spanish language and Sephardic lifestyles from around the world.

Films in the Judeo-Spanish Language Week online film festival:

**Some of our films include subtitles in English and other languages.

Saved by Language (2014) by Susanna Zaraysky & Bryan Kirschen

Las Ultimas Palavras (2015) by Rita Ender

It Never Rained on Rhodes (2014) by Barry Salzman

Once Upon a Time at 55th and Hoover (2013) (to appear online as of Feb. 23) by Andrés Enrique-Arias

KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive (2015) by Vanessa Paloma Elbaz