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Beyond Paper

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130 minutes – Documentary
Language: English, French, Romanian, Italian, Arabic and Spanish with English subtitles.
Festival release date: March 2023 – International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
Release date: June 9, 2023
Production company: National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada

In the era of the digital revolution, the transmission of knowledge is going through a profound upheaval as humanity’s archives migrate from paper to the cloud. How can we grasp the impact of the ongoing abandonment of books on thought and learning? What is the future of our individual and collective memories? Filmmaker Oana Suteu Khintirian is a member of a double diaspora, both Armenian and Romanian. In a personal quest with universal resonance, she embarks on a journey to understand how to preserve her cultural history and share it with her son at this critical moment in the history of the written word. This poetic and inspiring film essay introduces us to various “guides” from around the world—in locations including Milan, San Francisco, Bucharest, Copenhagen and Montreal—while freely navigating the continuum between the physical and virtual worlds. From the hot colours of the Sahara to the shelves of a legendary bookstore in Buenos Aires, and from the delicate grain of centuries-old manuscripts to the blinking servers of new digital libraries, Beyond Paper blends reflection and emotion, reminding us that human knowledge is above all an affair of the soul and the spirit.

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Nathalie Cloutier

Executive Producer:

Nathalie Cloutier
Colette Loumède

Line Producer:

Mélanie Lasnier


Oana Suteu Khintirian


Oana Suteu Khintirian


Oana Suteu Khintirian
Philippe Lefebvre (Assistant Editor)


Peter Scherer

Cast: Roles:

(in order of appearance)
Noa Davidovici
Oran Lassu
Mohamed Lemine Bahane
Abdoullah Ghoulam
Stefanie Nedelcu
Eloann Tranvouez
Sid Ahmed Habott
Marilena Șuteu
Abderrahim Hanchi
Maria Kodama
Brewster Kahle
Karima Bahaï
Bénédicte Millaud
Andrée Lévesque
Denis Lessard
Maria Sebregondi
Luigi Trentin
Dr Sha Xin Wei
Matei Bulgăr
Jean-Luc Buguet
Corentin Quierry
Lt col David Bernasconi
Dr Ioan Stoica
Ana Bulgăr Murray
Elena Marcu
Anca Dumitrescu
Andrew Scott Duran
Alexis Rossi