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Landfill Harmonic

100% Positive on Rotten Tomatoes!

Landfill harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills.

“As CLR James put it, every cook can govern. So can every child play Mozart as long as they have the talent to do so.” – Louis Proyect

– SXSW 2015, WINNER! 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award
– Mountainfilm Festival 2015, WINNER! Indomitable Spirit & Moving Mountains Award
– San Francisco Green Film Festival 2015, WINNER! Inspiring Lives Award and Audience Award
– Maui Film Festival 2015, WINNER! Best Family Friendly Feature Award
– Sedona International Film Festival 2016, WINNER! Best Documentary Feature
– Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2016, WINNER! Audience Choice Award

The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. This documentary follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world.

Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. This film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts.

When a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Learn more about the movie, the filmmakers and the orchestra here.

"The irresistible story of the Recycled Orchestra has been told many times, on “60 Minutes” and in news reports around the world"

Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times

"Like recycled garbage used to create symphonic-quality musical instruments, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley's Landfill Harmonic is a secret treasure."

Kate X Messer Austin Chronicle

"For everyone involved, there’s nothing but joyous music"

Ken Jaworowski New York Times