At a time when the United States is increasingly divided along ideological lines, we have become more entrenched in our own narratives and echo chambers. Drawing on our previous films, American Quartet explores how we could use technology to understand and therefore empathize with “the others” in society.
The universal language of Dvořák’s beautiful music drives the film and allows the characters to tell their stories wordlessly. The film invites viewers to experience music as they would experience empathy—with vulnerability to intense pain and exquisite joy. And it calls upon us all to see that vulnerability in those we are convinced are our “enemies.”
This film will do more than just entertain audiences. It will encourage social change through social engagement across ideological lines to find common ground and, hopefully, a way to move forward. The experience will serve as an example of how Americans can stay true to their values without dehumanizing those who they see as opponents.
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American Quartet is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of American Quartet must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.