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The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! The locals of a slum in Paraguay have recently developed the “Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.” Pulling materials from the dump such as oil cans, tin pipes, bottle caps, and kitchen utensils, musical instruments are created. About 20 children ages 11-19 come together to play classical tunes, popular songs, and contemporary Latin music on the instruments.

Filmmaker Alejandra Nash is featuring Landfill Harmonic in her 2014 documentary, which will also be a commentary on environmental education and the dangers of inadequate waste management. Executive producer Rodolfo Madero puts it simply: “What these kids are showing us is that you shouldn’t throw away your things or people just because of the way they look. They represent the fact that not everything is disposable.”

What a beautiful message! See some of the touching images below.

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Shileka Morgan
Shileka Morgan

I saw the documentary and was moved to tears!! They are awesome!