Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The American Sector + Q&A

Director Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez, 2020, Country USA, Duration 68, Date Event has passed

In the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, sections of its 3.5-metre high edifice have been transplanted to the USA and re-purposed as public monuments in sites across the country. Courtney Stephens’ and Pacho Velez’s sharply crafted filmic travel essay catalogues over sixty of these concrete monoliths in their unlikely new locations, documenting each in elegant tableaux. Standing beside the relics, owners, custodians and passers-by are invited to consider what these scattered fragments of history may have come to represent in this strange new context—prompting reflections on ideas of freedom, borders, and the enduring ideological legacy of the Cold War.

UK Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez, hosted by Marcus Jack.

Read an essay on The American Sector by Jesse Cumming.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.