This documentary is about the work of José Antonio Abreu who, in Venezuela, rescued three hundred and fifty thousand from kids from poverty and misery by creating an orchestra system. Abreu’s is a truly impressive social project, of the kind that still gives you hope in the human race. Venezuela is rich in oil but its people are often desperately poor. In this situation took root a system that unites 157 orchestras and music schools scattered across the country. Studying music is free in the areas worst off socially and economically. For five years the director followed five poverty-stricken Venezuelan kids through their rescue through music, watching them grow from children to adolescents.

The filmmaker


Cristiano Barbarossa was born in Rome in 1968, he first worked as production assistant and producer of documentaries and fiction films. Since 2002 he has been wor­king as writer and director for the RAI Uno program Superquark and has done nume­rous portraits of “night-owls” for RAI Due and various documentaries on social themes for RAI Tre and La 7. From 2003 to 2006 he idea­ted and created Lo sguardo negato: storie di uomini e donne dell’Iraq, broadcast by RAI Tre in the fall of 2006. A Slum Symphony – Allegro Crescendo won the prize for Best Documentary at the Roma Fiction Fest 2010.

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