The American Sector

70 mins.
Directed by Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens

Playing through Thursday, June 10.

  • Platform:  Amherst Cinema via Agile Ticketing
  • Ticket price:  FREE to Amherst Cinema Members, $10.75 general admission
  • Watch window:  Your ticket unlocks the film for vieiwng between March 12 and 28
  • How to watch:  Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone

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On Thursday, June 3, directors Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens joined us on Facebook Live to talk about THE AMERICAN SECTOR.

Click here to watch a video of the conversation.

THE AMERICAN SECTOR explores the presence of the Berlin Wall in the United States: as an object, artifact, and supposed symbol of national values.

For 18 months, Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens traveled the US to document sections of the wall that are on display in over 75 locations, ranging from the serious (Fort Benning) to the bizarre (Main Street Station Casino in Las Vegas) and even the campus of nearby Capital University. Along the way, interviews with unusual characters who own, maintain, and interact with pieces of the wall offer a window into American culture, and through the film these Cold War relics become a catalyst for exploring today’s timely issues.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit