United States 2017, 197 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

Scattered around New York are 92 magic doors guarding no less than 53 million cultural treasures: books, manuscripts, paintings, photographs and digital works. Frederick Wiseman, who previously documented many large institutions dedicated to knowledge and culture, now turns his camera towards the New York Public Library. In an age when many see libraries as no more than storage spaces for books, soon to disappear from the world, this enormous library (spread across 92 locations) constantly questions its role in the community. Behind the questions and possible answers, we find many human faces, each with a fascinating story to tell.

Previous Festivals: TIFF, Venice Film Festival


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Director, Editing & Soundtrack: Frederick Wiseman
Production: Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek
Production Company: Zipporah Films
Cinematography: John Davey
World Sales: Emily (info@zipporah.com)


Frederick Wiseman has directed dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray ordinary human experience in a wide variety of contemporary social institutions. His films include TITICUT FOLLIES, HIGH SCHOOL, WELFARE, JUVENILE COURT, BOXING GYM, LA DANSE, BALLET, CENTRAL PARK, BALLET, LA COMEDIE FRANCAISE, CRAZY HORSE, and IN JACKSON HEIGHTS.