It’s a trope at this point: an earnest musician onstage before a mass of people as reward for his emotional struggle to get to the spotlight. It usually doesn’t make mountains out of goosebumps anymore, though – at least not the way that Global Peace Film Festival’s kick-off film, Landfill Harmonic
, does. It’s a powerful documentary that discovers 2,500 families living in a trash heap in Paraguay and profiles a group of young musicians among them who create instruments from garbage. The group gains worldwide fame with their passionate performances, upcycling their lifestyles in a significant way. You can catch it later on in the week for $8 at Premiere 1 Cinemas (8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30), but opening night of the film festival – which opens hearts to empathy, forces necessary questions and basically combats evil – is when you can see it free with a litter of other earnest film-lovers on the Rollins lawn.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 | The Green/Rollins Lawn, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | peacefilmfest.org