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Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra. An unlikely orchestra made out of recycled trash. As this group takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world, we follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum. 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.

Kids living in a slum built on a landfill in Paraguay create The Recycled Orchestra. Unable to afford traditional instruments they instead create all of their instruments from trash. When their story goes viral they tour the world, finally realizing their wildest dream: to play with the heavy metal band, Megadeth. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. ~ Written by Gabriela Duran

Directors: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley


User Reviews

Inspiring documentary | 30 September 2016 | by subxerogravity (United States)

I am a huge Megadeth fan and when I saw them in the synopsis of the film, I knew I had to go see it.

The doc starts out slow, explaining the origin of a man who came to a city in South America to figure out their waste problem. When this plan fell thorough he stayed to teach the children how to play music. The doc gets real interesting when this man realizes that there are not enough instruments to go around for these kids. Then he meets a man who has the skills to create the instruments needed out of garbage for these kids. The kids become good enough to use the orchestra to see the world outside of their small area and attract the eye of Megadeth bassist, Dave Ellefson.

The documentary is amazing because it’s an amazing story about how a community coming together and using what they’ve got to climb of the ladder. Such an inspiration.

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