The Language of Hands

A film that explores the complex process of hand transplants. Featuring personal reflections from the UK’s first double hand transplant patient, the documentary captures the impact of this life-changing operation, and the significance of hands in conveying human emotion, expression and mechanical function. With a soundtrack score created from hand-made instruments, the film captures hands performing a diverse range of actions and gestures, including Medical Museum curators handling objects in the collection and hospital staff working in clinical care.

  • Nick Jordan
  • Nick Jordan
  • David Chatton Barker
  • Mary Stark
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  • Genres:
    Science, medicine, personal
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Nick Jordan

Nick Jordan is an artist-filmmaker based in Manchester (UK). Exploring the interconnections between natural, social and cultural histories, Jordan’s hybrid documentary films have been shown extensively at international exhibitions and festivals, including Innsbruck International Biennale (Austria); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France); Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland); Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK); São Paulo International Short Film Festival (Brazil); Encounters (UK); Kassel Dokfest (Germany); Documenta, Madrid (Spain).

His films have received special focus programmes at the London Short Film Festival (UK), Minimalen (Trondheim, Norway) and HOME Artist Film Weekend (Manchester, UK). Nick Jordan studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (BA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MA), and is the curator of Braziers International Film Festival (UK).

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