“A superb documentary, that looks past the partisan abstractions of the 'gun rights' debate to show how different cultural communities understand and use firearms. [...] It should be a model for public discourse.”
— Dr. Richard Slotkin, Wesleyan University
Guns and the discourse around them are so ubiquitous in American life that it can be easy to forget that it wasn't always this way. American Totem charts the history of gun culture in the US, and takes a deep dive into the symbolic meanings behind firearms in the American consciousness. Loaded with expert interviews from a wide array of experts on various sides of the debate, American Totem reckons with this issue in an unprecedented manner.