In praise of hands

Canada, 1974

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A tribute to the craftsmen everywhere whose work adds colour and richness to life. Filmed in the Canadian Arctic, Finland, India, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, and Poland, it shows the special skills of artisans working at their crafts - stone sculpture, pottery, ceramics, weaving, dyeing, puppet making, embroidery. Each indigenous skill is a reflection of the culture of the country. Film without words. (Award: Moscow)

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Tom Daly

Colin Low


Donald Winkler



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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Awards

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Dyes and dyeing

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Weaving

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Arctic Coast (Canada)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Finland

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → India

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indigenous peoples - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Japan

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mexico

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Nigeria

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Poland

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts and crafts movement

Crafts & Visual Arts → Ceramics

Crafts & Visual Arts → Dyes and dyeing

Crafts & Visual Arts → Embroidery

Crafts & Visual Arts → Handicraft

Crafts & Visual Arts → Pottery

Crafts & Visual Arts → Puppet making

Crafts & Visual Arts → Stone carving

Crafts & Visual Arts → Weaving


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Places → Arctic Coast (Canada)

Places → Finland

Places → India

Places → Japan

Places → Mexico

Places → Nigeria

Places → Poland

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada






16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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