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Suggested Viewing: Landfill Harmonic

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 04.23.20

Landfill Harmonic 

86 min. 2015. Paraguay. Spanish. PG. 


Recommended Age: 10+

Streaming: Kanopy (Free), Rent/Purchase: YouTube/Amazon


Synopsis: A documentary focused on the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group made up of children of all ages all who play instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.


Why Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara, @TeachEmFilm, recommends it: After watching Landfill Harmonic your family will start looking at garbage as both wasteful and full of potential, like a violin. You will be in awe of how incredibly resilient these young people of Paraguay are and how the power of music cannot be underestimated. In a time where our environment is feeling the negative effects of climate change, Landfill Harmonic will inspire your family to think creatively about how one can help the earth and the arts at the same time! A truly mesmerizing and touching documentary that everybody needs to see.


Fun Fact: 

Some of the instruments in the documentary are made out of oil cans and wooden spoons found in the landfill.


Take it Further:

Make your own recycled musical instrument out of the following:

Watch this video to see how to assemble your popsicle harmonica.