Renowned music producer and record company exec Miles Copeland spent years in the Middle East scouting prospective musical talent. It was that search that prompted the creation of this documentary. "Dissonance and Harmony: Arabic Music Goes West" offers new imagery of Arabs, not as patently anti-American, not as terrorists, but as artists, universally familiar in their struggle to share their talent and ideas. The film follows an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern musicians from their own very specific turf in the Middle East to the United States. Once there, in Los Angeles, they collaborate with other gifted musicians from the West, finding common ground between two cultures in conflict.