Teen Dox

Landfill Harmonic

Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley
Screening time  
22.02. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
28.02. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
This inspiring documentary follows young people who make unbelievable music.

Built on a massive landfill site, the community of Cateura, Paraguay, has such limited resources that many of its citizens make their living by selling items recycled from the trash. But among this struggling population stands a beacon of hope: The Recycled Orchestra. The youth orchestra began with few instruments, so founder Favio Chávez turned to the self-taught instrument maker Cola to repurpose oil cans, scrap metal, wood and bottle caps in to working instruments. The orchestra travels the world with their recycled instruments, sometimes accompanying famous artists and appearing on television. Life seems hopeful — until trouble strikes at home. This inspiring documentary follows young people who make unbelievable music while living the motto: "The world sends us garbage... We send back music." 


Brad Allgood

Brad Allgood is an award-winning filmmaker with a background in international development and public health. His films have taken him into the heart of the Nicaraguan rainforest, as well as to remote Caribbean islands, the sparse Kalahari desert and dense African jungles. 

Graham Townsley

Graham Townsley is an Emmy-nominated director of the popular television documentaries Teasure Seekers: Quest for the Grail (2001), Treasure Seekers: Empires of India (2001), and Dawn of the Maya (2004), in addition to the television series Nova (2009 – 2010). 

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Landfill Harmonic

Brazil, USA, Norway, Paraguay
2015, 84'

Directed by:
Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

Neil Barrett, Timothy Fabrizio, Brad Allgood

Edited by:
Brad Allgood

Michael A. Levine

Juliana Penaranda-Loftus, Jorge Maldonado

Produced by:
Hidden Village Films

Festivals & Awards:

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 – Special Mention Environmental Award; SXSW 2015 – Audience Award 24 Beats Per Second; AFI Fest 2015 – Audience Award; Leeds International Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award; San Francisco Green Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award, Inspiring Lives Award; Vancouver International Film Festival 2015 – Impact Award, Audience Award; Telluride Mountainfilm Festival 2015 – 3rd place Moving Mountains Award; Scottsdale International Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award