Directed by Frederick Wiseman (USA, 2017, 197 min.).

The 42nd documentary by legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, revealing it as a place of welcome and cultural exchange. With 92 branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, the library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. The New York Public Library 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. The library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities.

“In Ex Libris, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker, which helps make this one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.” – The New York Times

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