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Cateura is a place, one resident explains, “where a violin costs more than a house.” But despite residents’ modest means, the Recycled Orchestra performs in classrooms as well as concert halls, executing well-known classical musical pieces.

This remarkable transformation of trash into musical treasure is currently being documented in an upcoming feature-length documentary called “Landfill Harmonic.”  The film is being directed by Graham Townsley, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who is also an anthropologist known for his 3 part PBS series Becoming Human. The film is slated for release in 2014, and it will explore the journey of The Recycled Orchestra, group of Cateura teenagers who perform the instruments made out of the landfill materials from their neighborhood. The recently-released trailer shows, among other inspiring images, a cello made from an oilcan and reclaimed wood, and a violin bridge made from a fork.

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