Scene from the film Touch
Scene from the film Touch
Scene from the film Touch


  • United States
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A man returns, after fifty years, to Chinatown to care for his dying mother. He is a librarian, a cataloguer and recorder, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images - his witnesses and collaborators. Sitting in the dark, we look at them and share his cloak of invisibility, both a benefit and a curse.

TOUCH is an essay narrated from one man's point of view. But it is also fiction, for this man is a made-up person, an amalgam of research, interviews, off-the-record comments, secrets, improbabilities, and free-floating desires. This man, who never tells us his name, returns as both insider and outsider to a neighborhood from which he escaped, as a teenager, as fast as he could. Silver: 'I want to focus on the act - particular, yet open-ended - that entrances my protagonist: an act that we, the audience, share with him. This is the act of watching. Looking. Seeing. What does it mean to look, to watch, to photograph, to film?'


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Shelly Silver
  • Editing
    Shelly Silver, Ed Bowes
  • Sound
    Bill Seery, Mercer Media
  • Duration
    67 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
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  • Festivals
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival - Spectrum (World Premiere)
    • Cinema du Reel (French Premiere)
  • Awards
    • Prix Patrimoine de l'immatériel / The Intangible Heritage Award by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Cinéma du Réel
    • Special Mention by the International Competition Jury/Cinéma du Réel is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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