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 belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions – everyone is welcome. The special screening is 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.
A portion from each ticket sold will go to the Devonport Peninsula Precincts Society Incorporated to further its stated mission "to ensure the Devonport Peninsula environment meets the highest possible criteria for design, sustainability and amenity for those who live and work in the area".
Official Ex Libris - The New York Public Library trailer: https://youtu.be/Ddjnbbjl0kM
Devonport Peninsula Precincts Society's website: https://devonportprecincts.nz/
Runtime: 197 mins, Rated E, Documentary.