Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour film SHOAH is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies—of survivors, former Nazis, and other witnesses. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming SHOAH is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time. When SHOAH premiered on PBS over four nights in 1987, it inspired Americans to explore dark truths of the Holocaust that had long been avoided. Watch the trailer here. Attend the first in-person screening of SHOAH held anywhere in almost a decade. The film will be split into four parts and screened over a period of two weeks in the Museum’s newly-renovated theater, Edmond J. Safra Hall. Check the website for times.