Alejandra Amarilla is a mother, activist, philanthropist, and filmmaker, currently based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, Alejandra now uses the medium of film to bring a voice to the voiceless and create awareness about poverty and children’s causes in her native country. Her passion toward her social causes is rivaled only by the love she has for her three children, whom she co-parents with her former husband, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash. Her latest film, The Landfillharmonic, has been chronicled by 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, Live with Kelly and Michael, Time, and a variety of other major international media outlets.
The Landfillharmonic is a remarkable true story about turning garbage into beauty. It chronicles the inspiring developments of a most unlikely children’s orchestra in the impoverished community of Cateura, Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in Latin America. Unable to afford musical instruments, the orchestra has fashioned their own instrumentation from the garbage that covers the local landfills, and the results are nothing short of awe inspiring. It’s a story about creating magic from the discarded, and more importantly, it’s a story about the indestructible power of children’s dreams, which transcend all forms of poverty. Alejandra Amarilla is the founder and executive producer of the film, and she was also the driving force behind the film’s successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $214,000 from nearly 5,000 supporters.
For Alejandra, The Landfillharmonic isn’t just a documentary; it’s a mission, and a movement. She encourages everyone to visit the official website and take part in this important cause, whether by donating to the project, attending a screening, donating a musical instrument, or volunteering their time. As Alejandra explained in an interview with Handmade Music Clubhouse:
My hope is to inspire, educate, and motivate, as well as bring attention to the sanitary conditions in Cateura. Through this film I hope people will be motivated to be creative and resourceful. We also have plans for outreach programs to bring Los Reciclados to United States and get them exposed to musical and educational environments and opportunities.
The Landfillharmonic is not Alejandra’s first foray into film. Her passion for the underprivileged and underrepresented was also expressed through her work in Unleashing CREATIVITY, a profoundly thought-provoking film about the nature of creativity which sought to raise awareness for the non-profit Free Arts of Arizona. Alejandra co-directed the film, which was shot and edited in a single month on a shoestring budget, and features interviews with influential artists, writers, musicians, scientists, athletes, filmmakers, and children.
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Whether through filmmaking, volunteering her time, or simply raising awareness about important social causes, Alejandra Amarilla is committed to making a difference. If you would like to follow her on her journey, make sure to check her out on Twitter, and like The Landfillharmonic on Facebook. Finally, be sure and bookmark this site for regular updates and developments.