Museum

Museum

Auschwitz like it was never shown in a film before
but such as 2 million visitors discover it each year.

Museum is a feature documentary project that offers the viewer the opportunity to experience the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum exactly as visitors experience it on site. Thus, just like a classic visit, the film follows in the footsteps of the various stages which mark out this “tour” and consequently adopt the dramaturgy designed by museum officials. During this visit, we listen to the guides describing us in great detail the atrocities and crimes that have been carried out within these walls. We go through the piles of shoes, the torture block, the disembarkation ramp, the gas chamber. And as we go deeper into horror, the anonymous visitors around us – of all ages, gender, culture, religion and nationality – strike up the conversation. Some express their difficulties in understanding this place, in imagining the inconceivable tragedy that has occurred here or in apprehending the immensity of the death that faces them. Other visitors, on the other hand, prefer to immerse themselves into trivial and commonplace discussions that resonate strangely in this place. Of all these visit fellows, we will know nothing more. And yet, we feel like we know them. Maybe because there is a part of them in each of us… The day ends and the visitors leave the place which remains empty, distant and still so impenetrable… 

With this film, we wish to show how a classic visit of the Auschwitz museum – with its well-oiled mechanics, its fast pace and cacophony – hides a more metaphysical issue for the visitor: that of an interior confrontation with nothingness, self-denial, death and with the dark part that is in each of us. The idea of this film comes from the observation that, contrary to any other museum – where we usually go to see or contemplate –  here, in Auschwitz, it is a void that we come to apprehend, imagine and try to understand. An abysmal void left by the disappearance of more than a million souls in this place. Over a million human beings relentlessly exterminated, gone up in smoke and vanished forever. By the act of men like us. Thus, through this film, we want to bring the viewer to experience this conflict by diving him into the visit. Without interview, voice-over or indication, but with the explanations of the guides as well as the reactions of the visitors, we wish to give the spectator the opportunity to confront the place as each visitor confronts it, which means alone with himself and his own cultural origins, knowledge of the subject, personal path and sensitivity.