If you have a few crowdsource dollars to share, allow me to direct you to the "Landfill Harmonic" Kickstarter campaign page, where you can learn more about this feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of visionary music teacher Favio Chávez and his pupils — a band of talented young musicians brandishing instruments crafted entirely from garbage plucked from the massive dump-bound barrio of Cateura, Paraguay.
Trust me, after learning more about Chávez, ingenious garbage picker/instrument-maker Nicolás "Cola" Gómez, and the entire La Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura — The Recycled Orchestra, if you will — you may never look at scrap metal, a discarded fork, old string, and a set of salvaged tuning pegs in the same way again.
With less than a month left to go and more than $130,000 raised of the $175,000 campaign goal, "Landfill Harmonic" zeros in on pressing issues of poverty and waste pollution in Latin America while also celebrating the transformative power of music. It's the triumphant tale of fulfilled dreams, newfound dignity and old-fashioned pluck arising from a close-knit community where daily realities include drug-related violence, destitution, and mountains of "rotting detritus." And during a month that's been marked by some truly horrific events, I can't imagine a better project to help bring to life. This, folks, is humanity at its best.
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