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LANDFILL HARMONIC (2015) (PG)

May 18, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main Street, New Paltz

This inspiring documentary, directed by Brad Allgood, Juliana Periaranda-Loftus and Graham Townsley, shows that one person's trash can indeed be another person's treasure. The film stars and tells the story of Paraguayan music teacher Fabio Chavez and his Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a children's orchestra in a slum in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, that performs with materials made from garbage taken from a landfill. "Cateura" is the landfill's name. The film follows the orchestra as it unexpectedly rises to world fame. The film also highlights poverty, consumption and waste. Winner of 21 critic and festival awards, including 13 Audience Choice Awards and the Humanitas Prize for promoting human dignity, meaning and freedom. "An astonishing documentary that will stir your soul, bring you tears of joy, and serve as a kiss across the abyss of separation." —Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice. "Landfill Harmonic' is a secret treasure." — Kate X. Messer, The Austin (Texas) Chronicle. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Rated PG.