Thanks to Alejandra Amarilla and her team, the story of Paraguay’s Landfill Harmonic is now world famous. The incredible community of Cateura, Paraguay banded together to help create a music program for their youth with next to nothing but trash to make the instruments. Not only can this serve as an inspiration to others with so much more to work with, their story can also be duplicated in other countries.
Sadly, thousands of communities across the globe are poverty stricken. Similarly to Cateura, the residents of these villages do not have the money to purchase basic life necessities, so acquiring fancy musical instruments is completely out of the question. These people are forced to make do with what they have, but thanks to the Landfill Harmonic documentary, that just got a whole lot better.
While other countries may not have been the first to come up with the idea of creating musical instruments from trash and other recycled materials, they can certainly follow suit. This incredible Landfill Harmonic documentary, created by Alejandra Amarilla and her team, can serve as an inspiration to these communities.
Music is such an important part of many cultures in the world. The ability to listen and make music can change lives. People living in poverty may never have realized they have the ability to make musical instruments from materials they have access to for free. The documentary spreads awareness that, with a little bit of creativity, magic can be made.
Hopefully Landfill Harmonic orchestras will begin to appear across the world, showcasing the impact music can have on a community. Not only does learning to play an instrument give children a chance at a whole new future, it also brings positivity to their lives, which is often much needed. When children are focused on making beautiful music, they’re channeling their energy into something so very positive rather than heading down a dark and dodgy path often seen as the only route in many areas.
Spreading the Story of the Landfill Harmonic
It took Alejandra Amarilla and her team several years to obtain the footage needed to tell the story of the Landfill Harmonic. The team traveled to Paraguay in 2010 to begin capturing the story of this incredible youth orchestra on film. They returned in 2011 for a follow-up of three new members in addition to subsequent visits afterwards.
Aside from traveling to Cateura to film the youth orchestra, Alejandra Amarilla was tasked with raising the funds to produce the documentary. She accepted the challenge and ultimately exceeded her fundraising goal by 23% using the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. The story of The Recycled Orchestra garnered the attention of more than 5,000 donors, who helped make production a resounding success.