The Museum

Ran Tal’s documentary, The Museum, opens on a darkened screen with a voice-over describing a painting in the Israel Museum to a blind woman. The viewer understands instantly this is not a travelogue of Israel’s most important cultural institution, and one of the leading museums in the world, but instead, a film revealing the intricate fabric of Israeli society and human interaction with iconic art—from ancient to modern. For over 18 months, Tal filmed locals and visiting tourists. And he met with everyone on staff— from singing security guards to the museum's American director. The result yields new ways to contemplate the Israel Museum’s legacy, and to think about museums—wherever we experience them—in whole new light.

  • Ran Tal
  • 74 minutes
  • Ophir Award nomination for Best Documentary.

    In English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

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