United States 2020, 70 min, English and German, Hebrew & English subtitles
What are parts of the Berlin Wall doing in a church in Arkansas, a Las Vegas casino, the Mount Rushmore visitor center, Microsoft’s private art collection, and a Hilton hotel courtyard in Dallas, Texas? In the 31 years since the Wall had fallen, many of the massive concrete slabs were sold, and 75 of them made it to the United States—carried there by airplanes, ships, trains, cranes and helicopters.
The film takes us to public institutions and private mansions where parts of the Wall now stand, still covered in the original graffiti from back when they had separated East from West. Not all who encounter them know what they are meant to stand for. Freedom? Brotherhood? Equality? Apparently, a nation hard at work building a wall of its own finds it is easier to dote on vague historical symbols.
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