Andrea (Dea) and Salsabila (Salsa) are childhood friends from Indonesia. They met in the same kindergarten for the visually impaired. Both of them have been blind since birth. At five years of age, Andrea’s family moved with her from Jakarta to Virginia, in the United States, to pursue a better future for the family and better educational opportunities for their blind daughter. Salsa remained in Jakarta. Despite the distance between them, the friendship continues.
In this coming of age story, we follow them both as they prepare for adulthood in two very different worlds. In Virginia, Andrea goes to a school that includes visually impaired and disabled students. Aware of being the central attention from the supportive family help her to get all access, on the other side Dea sees the dark side of it. She then challenges herself to be independent! During her summer break, she attends a creative residency program that encourages visually impaired youth to develop the skills necessary for living independently.
Back in Jakarta, Salsa, who is seventeen, lives in a dormitory far away from her parents so that she can attend one of the very few “inclusive schools” that accepts visually impaired students to study alongside non-disable students. Salsa’s dream is to become a math teacher for the blind, but she must navigate a home life and an education system with limited support for her needs. With adulthood around the corner, the two girls seek strength in their childhood friendship as they prepare for adult life in Indonesia and the USA.