The Library is pleased to partner with Météore Films to promote the French cinematic release of documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana, beginning on 24 April 2019. The film explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a way of life whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.
Frederick Wiseman is regarded as one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers. For close to thirty years, thanks to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS), he has created an exceptional body of work consisting of thirty full-length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions, including Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (2017), In Jackson Heights (2015), and State Legislature (2006), as well as deep explorations into iconic French establishments, including La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris (2009), Crazy Horse (2011), and La Comédie Francaise (1996). Over time these films have become a record of the western world.
The Library will be giving away 10 pairs of complimentary tickets to any screening of Monrovia, Indiana during its cinematic run in Paris. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and stay tuned for how to win a pair of tickets!
Here is the official trailer for the French release of the documentary Monrovia, Indiana.