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Landfill Harmonic: Sounds of Life-Changing Experiences

by Janine Boylan on April 8, 2013

Landfill Harmonic orchestra, illustrating life-changing experiences

Recycled Orchestra members Maria, Nohelia, and Tania
© Landfill Harmonic

A Story That Goes Beyond Film

Last fall, a documentary trailer about the Paraguayan children’s Recycled Orchestra went viral. The musical group is made up of youth who were raised on the Cateura city landfill; their music teacher is using brilliantly-designed recycled instruments to provide them with life-changing experiences.

If you haven’t seen this trailer, you must take a few minutes to do so. If you have seen it, it is worth watching again.

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Without Favio Chávez, the orchestra leader, these children might be caught up in a continuous whirlwind of alcoholism, drugs, and crime on a garbage heap. Instead, these talented, devoted children have a chance to rise from their bleak backgrounds and travel the world to share their skills.

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