Frederick Wiseman’s film opus, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. It exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America – everyone is welcome. Presented in association with Devonport Peninsula Precincts Society.
“We are in a transformation from the wonderful but passive repositories and spaces to Education Centres”
“The library is not about books, it’s about people”
“The way Wiseman structures Ex Libris to reveal the inner workings and outward value of the New York Public Library exemplifies that [novelistic] approach perfectly, capturing the massive scale of the institution, but also, in its most beautiful and compelling moments, the one-on-one connections made with the people who walk through its doors.”
– Corey Atad, Vice
Runtime: 197 mins, Rated E, Documentary
Watch the trailer here.
Date And Time
Sunday 22 September 2019
The Vic Devonport
48-56 Victoria Road