The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, but it was never destroyed — only dismantled.
More than 30 years later, fragments of the concrete border that once separated East and West Germany are now scattered around the world; these lonely slabs of rock stick out of the ground like cold, gray monoliths and radiate with the knowledge of another time. Dozens can be found in the United States alone.
Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez’s “The American Sector” may not have time to visit every section of the Berlin Wall that’s been imported to the U.S. (the film runs 65 minutes without credits), but this light and thoughtful documentary road trip still manages to draw a comprehensive map of what the Cold War relic has come to represent — and what freedom means to the people of a nation that’s been defined by its pursuit.
“The American Sector” recently made its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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