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Landfill Harmonic (2016)

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The world generates about 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. This documentary follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. This film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Though it sometimes loses its melodic flow, the doc (directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley, with co-direction by Juliana Penaranda-Loftus) is a testament to spirited determination.

September 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The story behind "Landfill Harmonic" is so good that even some imperfect filmmaking can't hold it back.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…
New York Times
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We can hope now that being in the orchestra has given the players the tools and the vision to move beyond the limitations of where they are from.

March 7, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
Film Threat

An astonishing documentary that will stir your soul, bring you tears of joy, and serve as a kiss across the abyss of separation.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

[A] deeply inspiring doc about how trouble for a real-life river city was transformed into triumph.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

While "inspiring" is a hackneyed term in film reviews, in this case it really applies.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…
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