This documentary project brings a whole new meaning to the term “trashy music.”
Landfill Harmonic is a movie-in-the-making about “The Recycled Orchestra,” a children’s orchestra in a Paraguayan shantytown that plays instruments made completely from garbage. In Cateura, Paraguay, a slum located atop a landfill site, there are few prospects for children living in extreme poverty.
According to orchestra director Favio Chavez, “There were a lot of drugs, alcohol, violence, child labor — a lot of situations that you wouldn’t think are favorable for kids to learn values.”
However, the formation of this orchestra allows the children of this community to have a creative outlet through their hostile, polluted environment. This film has not only given children the chance to learn and grow through music, but also allows them to transform waste into something beautiful.
As Chavez says, “The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”