In a Paraguayan slum built atop a landfill, a group of innovative young classical musicians play instruments made of materials rescued from trash heaps. "A violin is worth more than a house here," says Favio Chavez, the director and founder of the Recycled Orchestra, in the video above.
The inventive group partnered with garbage pickers to mould waste into makeshift cellos, violins, and flutes that sound like the real deal. The video above is the trailer for a new Kickstarter film that documents the rise of Chavez's incredible project. Producers Alejandra Amarilla Nash and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus trace the evolution of discarded junk into playable instruments in their new film "Landfill Harmonic."
The film is both an exposé on the harsh conditions of slum life and a commentary on the global threats of consumption and waste. "The world sends us garbage. We send back music," the trailer's opening line proclaims.
Check out some of the instruments in the Recycled Orchestra in the slideshow below, and let us know if you would see "Landfill Harmonic" in the comments.