By Valerio CIRIACI


Social issues - Post-Production 2022

“Stonebreakers” is a documentary about the fight over monuments in the United States. Filmed in a year of uprisings and social unrest, the film reflects on the meaning of memorialization and how history can inflame present-day political action.

    • Year of production
    • 2022
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Valerio CIRIACI
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Set against the turbulent backdrop of a year marked by the Covid-19 crisis, the Black Lives Matter uprisings, and the chaotic transition from the Trump to the Biden presidency, “Stonebreakers” chronicles the recent wave of conflicts around monuments in the United States. By looking at landmarks and statues in the process of being defaced, toppled, and at times built anew, the film explores the shifting landscapes of historical memory in a time of upheaval and uncertainty. Across the country, activists, researchers, and artists call into question the narratives carved into the stone of the nation’s most famous symbols. As the dust settles, space opens up to reclaim long-neglected sites of memory and create new forms of memorialization. Unfolding as a broad mosaic of American memories and amnesias, “Stonebreakers” bears witness to an exceptional season of continuing collisions between history and present.