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The American Sector

Country: USA
Year: 2020
Duration: 68'
Direction: Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez
Editor: Dounia Sichov, Courtney Stephens
Sound: Courtney Stephens
Production: Joe Poletto, Sam Roseme, Pacho Vélez

16mm, transfer DCP 

The American Sector 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 forty sites, the film weaves together the stories people tell about these imported monoliths, capturing how artifacts bond the past and the present. 

Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez

Courtney Stephens is a nonfiction and experimental filmmaker, whose work focuses on language and geography. She was a Fulbright scholar to India, and previously assisted Terrence Malick
Pacho Velez directs nonfiction films. His first feature, Manakamana, won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Pacho received his MFA from CalArts, and teaches filmmaking at The New School in New York. 

- Filmography:
Courtney Stephens
Perfect Fifths (2021), The American Sector (2020), Mixed Signals (2018), Labial Quintet (2017), Mating Games (2017), Ida Western Exile (2014)

Pacho Velez
Searchers (2021), The American Sector (2020), The Reagan Show (2017), Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt (2017), Manakamana (2013), Bastards of Utopia (2010)

Berlinale, San Francisco International Film Festival, AFI FEST, DocAviv

Spanish premiere 

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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