An immersion into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. This documentary follows kids growing up in America's most musical city, and one of its most dangerous, as their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.
"A documentary in the Fred Wiseman mold...sensitive, intelligent and inspirational." - David Biancullii, "Fresh Air", NPR
"At once heartbreaking and hopeful." - Los Angeles Times
"A celebratory film...and a very emotional one, an at-times heartbreaking portrait of our at-times heartbreaking city." - Mike Scott, New Orleans Times Picayune
"Champions what the American urban experience offers us all in terms of culture, community and ultimately, meaning....Gritty City is glorious." - David Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire and Treme
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