Presented by ACMI in association with Sydney Film Festival and NFSA
Ex Libris: New York Public Library
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One of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world opens its many doors to us in this riveting behind-the-scenes exploration.
In Ex Libris, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker... one of the greatest movies of Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.
Screening includes a pre-recorded introduction by Hon. Associate Professor Jane Mills, School of the Arts & Media (UNSW)
With 92 branches across the city, The New York Public Library is a vital resource – and determined to remain so in the 21st century. In this fascinating tour, we encounter passionate readers, archivists and educators, budget-focused administrators and inspiring speakers including Patti Smith and Elvis Costello. Wiseman films in grand marble foyers, crowded annexes and anonymous meeting rooms, creating a mesmerising portrait of a rich and diverse institution. There is no need for talking heads to attest to the value of NYPL’s social and cultural mission: the humble observation of people at liberty to learn, question and interact compellingly states the case – and confirms the importance of libraries everywhere.
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