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Film-maker Alexandra Pelosi: ‘I think phones are more dangerous than guns’

The documentarian and daughter of the House speaker discusses her new film that looks at an angry and divided America

America is, as the refrain goes, divided. This has been demonstrated empirically, with evidence on America’s increasing political polarization, and anecdotally, if you’ve lived in America for the past decade, and especially the last four years. Easily legible examples of a country fraying at the seams abound; American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself, a new documentary from Showtime, serializes some of the most prominent ones of the last year, with a retrospective of such indelible yet quickly faded images as crematory trucks in the height of pandemic New York, the Trump motorcycle rally in pandemic summer South Dakota, and a fraught border checkpoint in El Paso, Texas.

Related: ‘There’s a whole war going on’: the film tracing a decade of cyber-attacks

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