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The curious phenomenon by which dozens of fragments of the Berlin Wall wound up on display across the United States is the nominal subject of the latest from filmmakers Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens. But their travels to document those fragments yield a stirring meditation on the multivalence of history and the very idea of monuments. Drawing from archival footage and interviews with the people the directors encountered on their road trip, _The American Sector _amounts to a rich (and frequently quite funny) examination of the repurposing of the past, the relationship between politics and public art, and the shifting nature of symbolism.
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