Award Winning Documentary “Landfill Harmonic” Celebrates Earth Day in the Classroom


For Immediate Release

We are Honored to announce the award-winning documentary “Landfill Harmonic” curriculum program on Earth Day (April 22) 2018 as a way to promote better earth practices also to give a forward outlook to future generations.

If you want more information about this new curriculum or any questions please contact us at

The executive producers Alejandra Amarilla, Belle Murphy and Rodolfo Madero and the producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus who introduced the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura to the world via the award-winning documentary “Landfill Harmonic” are now working to bring the story into the classroom as a powerful learning tool for the next generation. This has been a long-term goal of the producers as they seek to expand the film’s impact and spread its message of hope and activism to educate a wider audience. They have partnered with Journeys in Film, a nonprofit educational publisher that has created a curriculum for other high-profile films like “He Named Me Malala,” to develop a curriculum program for grades 4-12. The program aligns with common core standards and is scheduled to launch on Earth Day (April 22) 2018. Schools would be able to inspire and be able to promote better earth practices and show their impact on the world as well as the impact on other countries. On this day, schools will be able to access the curriculum details and required licensing from the official website.

Alejandra Amarilla: “We're thrilled to bring this documentary into the classrooms, and we're honored that Journeys In Film has partnered with us. We hope that the film can inspire the kids around the world to work together and help improve the world for the next generation.”

“Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story went viral, the orchestra was catapulted into the global spotlight and went on to navigate a new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. They’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, Live with Kelly & Michael, NBC World News and other mainstream news outlets around the world. Even when a natural disaster devastated their town, the Orchestra was able to serve as a source of faith and optimism for the entire community. The film is a testament 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

The film producers anticipate this curriculum program will bring purpose to future generations and motivate them to become more creative, resourceful, and aware of their impact on the environment.  They seek to drive them towards positive collective action that can help improve the livelihoods of communities worldwide. The Landfill Harmonicteam is currently exploring the possibility of enlisting corporate partners to help provide the curriculum free of charge to public schools throughout the U.S. that may not have the budget to acquire the educational licensing for the curriculum’s use. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please send a general inquiry to

Watch the trailer for Landfill Harmonic:

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