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Watch a preview of Landfill Harmonic, an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from recvcled rubbish.

 

The Recycled Orchestra is the creation of Favio Chávez, a landfill worker and musician from Paraguay.

The film, a teaser for which has been published online, features Chávez and an inspiring group of children beating the odds in the poverty stricken town of Cateura.

Cateura exists virtually on top of a landfill site where residents make their livings recycling and selling other people’s rubbish.

Situated along the banks of the Paraguay River, 1,500 tons of waste is dumped in the area each day.

But despite the critical levels of pollution and the threat to their health residents of Cateura manage to find the most positive of uses for the rubbish.

Inspired to do something to help the inpoverished families, Chávez began using the trash in the landfill to create instruments for the children.

“One day it occurred to me to teach music to the children of the recyclers and use my personal instruments,” explains 36 year-old Chávez, who worked as an ecological technician at the landfill.

“But it got to the point that there were too many students and not enough supply. So that’s when I decided to experiment and try to actually create a few.”

The documentary is Directed by Graham Townsley.

CLICK HERE to view the video teaser.

Thanks to Cathy B. for bringing this to our attention.

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