37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Landfill Harmonic

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Built in the shadow of a massive landfill, the Paraguayan community of Cateura survives by selling recyclable materials collected from the trash. A musical group known as the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral in the media, the orchestra is launched into the global spotlight. Guided by idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra navigates an unfamiliar new world of arenas and sold­out concerts. After a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and deliver hope to their town. Directors Graham Townsley and Brad Allgood shed light on the possibilities that exist for all communities, no matter how impoverished. Discussion with Matthew Burtner 

Supported by the UVA McIntire Department of Music, the UVA Office of the Dean of Students, and Newcomb Centers and Services


Friday, November 4


3:00 PM


UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater

Film Info

Director: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

Runtime: 84 min.

Year: 2015

Country: USA

Featuring: Favio Chávez, Nicolás Gómez.