A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition. Amidst a cast of defending Serbian champions and struggling Roma Gypsies, an unlikely brass band from New York City, Zlatne Uste, voyages to represent the United States only a decade after NATO bombs rocked Belgrade. They will be the first Americans ever to compete at Guča. Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.
Watch a documentary about the cultural and musical collisions in a tiny village in Serbia.
Directed by: Meerkar Media Collective: Alison Brockhouse, Bryan Chang, Sara Huneke, Meerkat Media Collective, Dara Messinger, Eric Phillips-Horst, Adam Pogoff , Zara Serabian-Arthur, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, Jeffrey Sterrenberg, Karim Tabbaa (USA 2013, 85 min) OV Serbian with German subtitles