The Whole Gritty City


(90 mins) This documentary 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. This film is a related program to the museum's exhibition, Kin Killin’ Kin.

Praise for The Whole Gritty City
"Inspirational" - NPR Fresh Air
"glorious" - David Simon, HBO's "The Wire"
"heartbreaking and hopeful" - L.A. Times

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The Whole Gritty City Movie Poster
Date and Time
Sunday, November 27, 2:00 pm
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Included with museum admission