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article imagePreview: 'Landfill Harmonic', music from a Paraguay slum

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By Anne Sewell     Dec 14, 2012 in Arts
A preview for an upcoming documentary, "Landfill Harmonic", about Cateura, a slum in Paraguay situated on a landfill, where residents create music from the trash and have started "The Recycled Orchestra."
"Landfill Harmonic" will be a feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments, literally made from trash.
Cateura is a slum, built atop a landfill. By scouring through the garbage, determined music-lovers have created violins, cellos and other classical musical instruments, which have resulted in "The Recycled Orchestra."
In Cateura, garbage collectors browse through the trash, looking for saleable items, and children are often at risk of getting involved in gangs, or with drugs.
However, when orchestra director Luis Szaran, and music teacher Favio Chavez Moran, started a music program for the children of Cateura, they soon had more students than instruments to play on.
All this changed when Szaran and Moran were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, Cateura has an entire orchestra of assembled instruments which they call "The Recycled Orchestra."
The documentary shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful and authentic-sounding musical instruments, and even more importantly to the transformation of precious human beings playing these instruments.
The film began official production in 2011, when the filmmakers filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more - all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes.
Girl playing a violin made from recycled trash in Cateura  Paraguay.
Girl playing a violin made from recycled trash in Cateura, Paraguay.
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The filmmakers are returning to the village in 2012 to update the progress of three young children, recently introduced to the orchestra.
Creative Visions state on their website that "Landfill Harmonic 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."
"Our lives were changed in making this film so far - and with your help in allowing us to complete it, we hope to change yours."
Donations can be made to help complete this wonderful documentary and to make a real difference in these young peoples' lives.
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