Close your eyes and imagine... You are walking barefoot on a beach but you don’t feel the sand under your feet. You touch the cheek of a child and you feel nothing. Someone caresses you and again you feel nothing. You might not think much about touch, but in fact it could be our most important sense. We can imagine losing our sight or our hearing, but we almost never think about losing the sense of touch.
Touch – The forgotten Sense is a film about the amazing but often overlooked sense of touch.The film takes us on an artistic and scientific journey from a woman, Ginette, who completely has lost the sense of touch, to a deaf-blind child that can understand speech through his fingers. Along the way we are introduced us to stunning findings about touch - for example it has been shown that waitresses who touch their clients in general receive higher tips. Premature babies that are massaged grow up to 50 percent faster than babies that aren’t touched, and touching a dog will significantly lower its heart rate.
Touch – The forgotten Sense will make you rediscover touch and realize how important, how underused and how fragile touch is.
Main Prize in the cathegory Documentary or Publicistic Films under 60 minutes - Techfilm 2002
Best Francophone Film in all Categories at the Téléscience festival in Montreal and Québec