The Landfill Harmonic
The world sends us garbage... We send back music.
We generate a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution. A few years ago, one of the garbage pickers, “Cola”, an untutored genius of the slum, got together with local musician Favio Chávez to make instruments for the children of the slum. There was no money for real instruments so together they started to make instruments from trash – violins and cellos from oil drums, flutes from water pipes and spoons, guitars from packing crates. With children like Ada and Tania and with the support of many, Favio slowly put together an orchestra of garbage.
A beautiful movie is made of Landfill Harmonic to (1) inspire general audiences to recycle objects, restore their livelihoods and provide hope for younger generations, (2) educate audience through social media reach about ways to recycle, (3) partner up with environmental organizations to educate our audiences on sustainability topics, (4) encourage other organizations to give opportunities to underprivileged youth to provide alternatives to drugs and alcohol so they can learn news skills, (5) to motivate youth to be creative and resourceful as well as re-evaluate their lives by helping them recognize what they have to succeed and (6) to bring attention to the sanitary conditions in Cateura.