A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as half a million fans descend upon Guča, the world's largest trumpet competition. An unlikely New York City brass band voyages to represent the U.S. -- the first Americans ever to compete, only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. The hopes and fears of a diverse international cast of Gypsies, right-wing nationalists, and Serbian locals collide at a moment when cultural appropriation confronts its origin. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how disparate societies search for common ground, amidst infectious Balkan beats that leave no ear unaffected.
Shot over the summer of 2010, Brasslands will be the second feature documentary created through the unique collaborative process of the Meerkat Media Collective, a self-organized community of makers committed to creating films through shared authorship and consensus process. Previous work of the Balkan and American team behind Brasslands has been broadcast on PBS, HBO, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, MTV and Arte, streamed online via Time Magazine and The Onion New Network and featured at festivals internationally including Silverdocs, Nashville, Sheffield Doc fest and the Cannes Film Festival.
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