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Making Music from Recycled Garbage

Each day in the town of Cateura, Paraguay, garbage collectors swarm like flies around fresh loads of dumped trash looking for goods to sell. Established on landfill, the town is a dangerous place to raise children who are at risk of being enticed into dealing in drugs and joining gangs. As a deterrent, orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Fabio decided to set up a music program. However, the number of children who wanted to join the program far outnumbered the available instruments. That soon changed when Szaran and Fabio were brought a violin made out of discarded materials. As time passed and the idea of making instruments from trash caught on, The Recycled Orchestra was formed. An upcoming film, ‘Landfill Harmonic’, to be released in 2014, captures the creativity of the human soul and the determination to transform other people’s trash into beautiful sounding musical instruments played by children. Like Landfill Harmonic on Facebook    

The Intouchables

One of my favourite movies of the year, The Intouchables tells the story of a wealthy aristocrat quadriplegic who hires the services of a young, seemingly inappropriate young carer from the wrong side of the tracks. Brazenly flouting politically correct protocol, the previously unemployed and inexperienced carer proves a tonic for his patient. Through his unorthodox methods, he opens his eyes to a world he thought he could no longer be a part of. An unlikely bond is formed by the two and through a series of often amusing, often heart-warming episodes; they embark on a heart-warming journey, each learning valuable life lessons from the other. The movie is based on a true story which makes it all the more appealing. Don’t miss it. The Intouchables is a French sub-titled film. Directors:  Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Writers:  Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Stars: François Cluzet and Omar Sy