Brasslands

Showing
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 1
Wed 8:10 
(US, Serbia, and Montenegro / 2013 / Directed by the Meerkat Media Collective)
Unrated / 88 mins.
As half a million people descend upon a tiny Serbian village for the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet festival, every competitor seeks to win. Brasslands chronicles the personal journeys of three competitors participating in the festival for very different reasons.
As 25-year-old master trumpeter Dejan Petrovic – the reigning champion – returns to defend his title, Demiran Ćerimović – a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter – struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, an unlikely American band must also win over an audience that still resents America’s role in the NATO bombings of Serbia two decades earlier. As tensions simmer below the festival’s carnivalesque, alcohol-fueled surface, Brasslands bears witness to deeper resonances. From the staccato snares to the euphoric brass chorales and electrifying trumpet solos, the film attests to the fact that even amidst fractured ethnic and political divides, there remains in Serbia a universal human desire for identity, joy, and belonging that – if only momentarily – can be heard.
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