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Faces of the Hand

A Documentary by Tamás Wormser

There is nothing more intriguing than the hidden meaning behind the most obvious. The human hand is one of those miracles which we completely take for granted. The work of our hands, in their eloquence, silence, restlessness, creativity and violence, have molded human history and continue to shape the present and future. Faces of the Hand holds up the hand as a mirror to human nature and unveils some of the puzzling secrets which the hand holds locked within itself. Faces of the Hand takes you on a visual journey through different cultures and a range of human experiences, showing the many faces of our hands. This film is both poetry and anthropology, science and art, sacred and profane; an odyssey from cave art of thirty millennia ago to robot hands controlled by computers.

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John Doyle
The Globe and Mail

Apart from the educational aspect, Faces of the Hand, original, beautiful, low-key documentary, makes hands very sexy.

Gary Handman
American Libraries

An extraordinarily moving work that reveals poetry and wonder in the everyday world.

Matthew Hays
Montreal Mirror

At once informative and poetic, Faces of the Hand is a gorgeous montage of various images of the hand at work.

Rebecca S. Graves
M/C Journal

A fascinating and lyric journey… of excellent quality, it is suitable for a wide range of ages from grade school through university. It would be particularly relevant in courses on anthropology or communication, and would also serve well in courses on art or history.


Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French
Duration: 28 minutes
Format: SD (Standard Definition)


* Winner of Gold Apple Award from the National Education Media Network
* Nominated for Golden Sheaf Award at Yorkton Short Film and Video Fest
* Nominated for Best Documentary at Hot Docs


Director and Writer: Tamás Wormser
Producer: Kent Martin
Executive Producer: Don Haig
Cinematograper: Kent Nason
Editor: Denise Beaudoin
Sound: Diane Carrière

Composer: Erich Kory
Sentient Cello: Erich Kory
Percussion: Genesh Anandan
Narrator: Susan Glover
Music Editor: Chris Crilly
Foley Artist: Jérôme Decarie