The American Sector

Year2020 Duration68 min. DirectorCourtney Stephens, Pacho Velez EditorDounia Sichov, Courtney Stephens SoundCourtney 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. 

- 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 

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. 

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 Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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