Beyond the Classroom, University of Maryland
Spring 2017 Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change!"
presents the award-winning documentary"
“Landfill Harmonic” (Paraguay, 2016)
Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
“An inspiring tale — if it were fiction you’d dismiss it as unbelievable ” –The New York Times.
“[A] deeply inspiring doc about how trouble for a real-life river city was transformed into triumph.” –Film Journal International .