Directed by: Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley
Total Runtime: 84 min
Country of Origin: Paraguay
Audience Choice Award, South by Southwest; World Cinema Audience Award, AFI Fest.
“A secret treasure. A story of the dull throb of existence gleefully recalibrated by the thundering heartbeat of music.”
Introduction by Doug Moody of North Coast Brewing Company and Barbara Faulkner of Mendocino Music Festival.
A symphony of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of recycled garbage from the landfill where they live. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Soon, with the guidance of idealistic local music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of international arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their hometown. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of humanity, even in the harshest of conditions. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.