The Whole Gritty City is a 90-minute documentary that plunges viewers into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. The film 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.
ICA Presents Black Documentary Collective
"The Whole Gritty City"
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 6pm
"Heartbreaking and hopeful" –LA Times
"Sensitive, intelligent & inspirational" –NPR Fresh Air
"Marching bands have never been so captivating." –Common Sense Media
"Gritty City is glorious" –David Simon, "The Wire", "Treme"
web site: http://thewholegrittycity.com/