'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Showtime docu

The documentary will focus on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the nationwide protests against police brutality, systemic racism and the political polarization of the country


                            'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Showtime docu
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If anyone told us that 2020 was going to be the way it has been last year, we would have felt it was from a dystopian novel. And yet, here we are. The year has been tumultuous for the world itself, but for the United States, it has been more so with the pandemic, the wildfires, the Black Lives Matters protests (and even more police brutality) and even the elections coming up. Clearly, 2020 is going to be looked upon as a turning point one way or another when it is looked back on historically.

It only seems right to take a snapshot of the country during this year, when it seems like all of America's problems have to come to roost all at once. That's exactly what Showtime's latest documentary does. 'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself' is a visceral cross-country journey during one of the most tumultuous years in history and chilling in its foreshadowing, the feature documentary fearlessly enters the heart of a nation and reflects back urgent, and at times, uncomfortable, truths. Read on to know more about the documentary.

Release date

'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself' will premiere on Showtime on Friday, October 23, at 9/8c.

Plot

The official synopsis for the documentary states:

Placing viewers directly within the most consequential events of the past year, Pelosi takes the pulse of the country while capturing the fervor of this precise moment. Powerful and provocative, 'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself' raises critical questions about the stark divisions in how Americans feel, and asks if it's possible to ever find a way to a more perfect union. As unthinkable perils engulf the land, Pelosi bravely captures the rising tensions among warring factions that eventually spill over and erupt into protests in the streets.

"The purpose of this film was to take the temperature of how people feel about America today -- to take a selfie of how America looks in 2020," Pelosi said. "It's an artifact of this moment in time, and I'm immensely grateful to Sheila Nevins, MTV Documentary Films, and Showtime for bringing this film to audiences at such an urgent time." The documentary’s trailer suggests that 'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself' will focus on three topics: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, and the political polarization of the country.

Director

Alexandra Pelosi

Alexandra Pelosi (Getty Images)

 

Alexandra Pelosi has written, produced and directed 13 documentaries, including 'Outside the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi', 'The Words That Built America', 'Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?' and Emmy-nominated 'Journeys with George', about George W Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. Pelosi is also an author and began her career at NBC News, serving as a field producer for over a decade. She is the daughter of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

Producers

'American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself'  is an MTV Studios Production for Showtime Documentary Films. Sheila Nevins serves as the executive producer.

Trailer



 

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