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Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.


“The four pillars of New Roads School are reflected in all of the lessons of the Landfill Harmonic program: including social justice, environmental stewardship, and diversity. It includes History/Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects, which is amazing that one curriculum has so much learning.” –– Juana "Kika" Elias, New Roads School Spanish Coordinator


Lesson 1: The Recycled Orchestra (Music, Language Arts, Social Studies)
Lesson 2: The Environmental Crisis (Environmental Science)
Lesson 3: Planting a Small Seed, Watching It Grow (Community Service)
Lesson 4: Landfill Harmonic (Elementary Level) (Music, Language Arts, Science)


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Landfill Harmonic - Curriculum Preview (Paraguay)