Landfill Harmonic

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 and must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. When a natural disaster strikes their community, they must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide hope for their town. The film testifies to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.


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Product Description

Landfill Harmonic is an inspirational documentary with key opportunities for environmental education.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Film rating: PG. This film works well for all ages. Resources are appropriate for Grades 3 and up.

Curriculum Guide for Landfill Harmonic 

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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Related Resources

A lesson from this resource is featured in our Celebration of Nature Bundle for Grades 3-7. Another lesson from this resource is featured in our Environmental Studies Bundle.

Sustainable Development Goals

Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs:

Golden yellow background color. 11 in white in the upper left hand corner. Sustainable Cities and Communities next to the number. White icons of various buildings is the center art on the yellow background. Dark green background color. 13 in the upper left hand corner. Climate Action beside that. Central image on the green background is a white eyeball with what looks like the earth inside of it.

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