The American Sector

Director: Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez
USA / 2020 / 70 min

Free to members/$12 non-members; Q&A with Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez, moderated by author and film executive Brandon Harris

Last streamed on Wed, Jun 30

Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez’s documentary takes viewers on a fractured road trip, encountering panels of the Berlin Wall that have been installed as public monuments throughout the United States. Visiting over 40 sites, the film weaves together the stories people tell about these imported monoliths, capturing how artifacts bond the past and the present.
A Grasshopper Film release.

“The film’s fascinating, far-reaching, and sometimes wryly skewed dialogues about the Wall, paired with symbolically resonant images of the fragments at significant sites—such as the Mason-Dixon Line—are centered on current American politics… Stephens and Velez’s ultimate subject is the real-world stakes of the ongoing struggles between historical myths and historical knowledge.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker