Landfill Harmonic (RAFF)
Directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley / 2015 / USA and Paraguay / 84 min
“Viewers said they wept when they heard the rich, deep notes from a cello made of rusty oil can.” -TIME
Landfill Harmonic tells the story of the Recycled Orchestra, a group of students in Paraguay who perform with instruments created from garbage. Growing up in Cateura next to one of South America’s largest landfills, these young musicians have limited resources and opportunities, but the perseverance of this talented group brings them sudden and international attention. This moving documentary follows the musicians as they learn to play these unconventional instruments, as well as their struggles living in a poor area with a high flood risk. The Orchestra’s growing fame brings new opportunities along with unexpected challenges. While their passion and optimism reveals how something beautiful can emerge from difficulty; as the music director Favio Chavez states: “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.”
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