December 8th, 2012

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

The film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. This short and moving video tells their story. Find our more about the film here.

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  1. […] who wanted to join the orchestra. The music they play is SO beautiful. You can listen to some of it here. Its one of the most powerful things I’ve heard in a long time. Their story will soon be told […]

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