Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When music teacher Favio Chávez set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. The young musicians play instruments made of materials rescued from trash stacks. “A violin is worth more than a house here,” says Favio Chávez, the director and founder of the Recycled Orchestra.
Partnering with local garbage picker Nicolás Gómez, also known as “Cola”, Chávez began to build instruments from the trash that surrounded them. Oil drums became violins and cellos, water pipes and bottle caps turned into flutes, and packing crates grew into guitars.
The video above is the trailer for a new Kickstarter film that documents the rise of Chávez’s incredible project. Producers Alejandra Amarilla Nash and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus trace the evolution of discarded junk into playable instruments in their new film “Landfill Harmonic.”
But, according to their Facebook page:
Landfill Harmonic is not simply a film. It is a social charitable movement to provide creative and simple solutions to the poorest communities which can bring powerful social transformation. We plan to use the film as the vehicle and reinforcement to what simple ideas can do to change communities. The Landfill Harmonic Social Movement will showcase the power of creativity, hope, empowerment and community work.