The American Sector preceded by Prometheus

  • Art of the Real
  • Pacho Velez
  • Courtney Stephens

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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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Director

Pacho Velez

Program Features

23m
Prometheus

Haig Aivazian, 2019, Lebanon

This found footage film juxtaposes two defining moments of the Nineties in America—the Gulf War, and the Dream Team’s dominant performance in the 1992 Summer Olympics—as a means of examining hegemony, violence, and the role of the media.

1h 10m
The American Sector

Pacho Velez & Courtney Stephens, 2020, USA

English and German with English subtitles 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.

Bonus Content

2m
Art of the Real Trailer
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1m
MUBI: Hand-Picked Cinema
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