FIRST FEATURE AUDIENCE AWARD, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
86 minutes, Color
In Person: Director Martin Cooper
Calligraphy is an art, a philosophy, and, for its practitioners, a way of life rooted in ancient tradition. So it is surprising to learn how very contemporary calligraphy can be in the hands of 12 international artists profiled in Traces of the Soul. In an era when cultures worldwide are united by the habit of speed-sending billions of texts a day, handwriting in any alphabet, be it Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, or English, speaks to something truly universal: our humanity. As one artist notes, script "reaches the soul before it reaches the eye." Calligraphy becomes a physical meditation when performed on a floor canvas; becomes calligraffiti, changing lives, when it goes urban; and becomes a protest or a prayer when drawn for children caught up in wars. Calligraphy is not based on nature; it is nature. That's something to ponder while letting this beautiful film speak to you. —Judy Bloch
In English and Japanese with English subtitles
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