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Landfill Harmonic is a movie about “love, courage, and creativity.”

“MY LIFE WOULD BE WORTHLESS without music,” says one of the girls from the orchestra. I think this is true for many of us, more than we know it. Music is built into us; it’s inherent. That’s why you see those YouTube videos of babies laughing and dancing when dad turns the tunes on.

The truth of that statement is probably even more profound for these kids who live in a community called Cateura in Paraguay, a “slum built on a landfill.” Its residents have been scouring the landfill and building violins, cellos, and other instruments from refuse, used by the musicians in the Recycled Orchestra.

People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly. Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either.

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About The Author

Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

  • Teresa Roberts

    I wholeheartedly agree that life without music would be a very grim prospect. As I travel all over the world, I relish the wide range of musical experiences that unfold. Whether it is flamenco in Spain or an Irish band in a local pub, the music speaks to me in a kind of universal language that transcends borders and cultures. Music may very well be the language of humanity.

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