Unlike a text message or e-mail, handwriting is an aspect of a person's identity. It carries something beyond literal meaning, something of the soul.

For thousands of years the unique beauty of the hand-written word has developed and evolved through the art of calligraphy.

’Traces of the Soul’ explores this art form through the eyes of 12 contemporary calligraphers from across the globe.


Executive Producer: Olivier Costalat

Additional camera work in the film by Francis Hanly, Gunji Masato, Giorgio Bosisio & Eric Jason Hall

Many thanks to the artists who supplied material from their archives also used in the film.