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El Sistema

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Director: Paul Smaczny, Maria Stodtmeier

Cast: Paul Smaczny, Maria Stodtmeier, José Antonio Abreu, Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra

     
 

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Spend a year with the Venezuelan children who use music as a means of transcending poverty, discovering responsibility, and leading meaningful lives in this documentary about El Sistema and its founder José Antonio Abreu. In Caracas, the crime rate is as high as the hope for a brighter future is dim. Abreu was well aware of the challenges faced by children there, and…  See more details below

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Spend a year with the Venezuelan children who use music as a means of transcending poverty, discovering responsibility, and leading meaningful lives in this documentary about El Sistema and its founder José Antonio Abreu. In Caracas, the crime rate is as high as the hope for a brighter future is dim. Abreu was well aware of the challenges faced by children there, and founded El Sistema as a means of giving them a head start in life. A strong network of music centers, workshops, and youth and children's orchestras, El Sistema was founded thirty years ago, and still flourishes into the 21st Century. The program not only encourages musical proficiency, but personal growth and development as well, and it seems to be working. As of 2009, there were 250,000 children who were tapping into their musical talents thanks to Abreu, and the numbers keep growing. With such prestigious program graduates as Berlin Philharmonic double bass player Edicson Ruiz and prolific young conductor Gustavo Dudamel making waves in the world of music, the results of the El Sistema program speak for themselves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
UPC:
0880242569585
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Euroarts
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00

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Disc #1 -- El Sistema
1. Prologue [1:26]
2. El Sistema - a Huge Family [5:58]
3. Life in the Barrios [5:29]
4. Learning the Basics [10:29]
5. Playing as if They Were Adults [7:15]
6. Setting up El Sistema [7:46]
7. Solidarity and Teamwork in the Orchestra [5:30]
8. Families Are the Prime Allies [5:07]
9. The Children's Concert [5:29]
10. The Daily Routine [6:30]
11. Competing for the Higher Level [5:14]
12. "Play - but With Your Heart" [3:50]
13. A Rainy Day [2:42]
14. El Sistema as a Social Challenge [7:01]
15. The White Hand Choir [7:31]
16. "We're Taking Big Steps - Like Elephants" [10:03]
17. Credits [2:27]

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El Sistema 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tdgAK More than 1 year ago
I am a musician here in Los Angeles and was fortunate to grow up in a time when we still had music in our public schools. Now my seven year old son wants to play Violin and the only way is for us to get him a provate teacher. Watching this film is very inspirational to me to try to find other avenues of music and art education for children in our communities. If they are able to achieve sch fantastic results in Venezuela, why shoudln't we be able to do something similar here in the United States the "richest country in the world"? Plus, we are fortunate enough now to have Gustavo Dudamel here with the L.A. Philharmonic! I wll definitely be taking my son to some children's performances this season! We will watch ths film together I am sure many times over. If you have a child near to you interested in making music, or if you love music yourself, I highly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This amazing documentary truly illustrates the power of music. I enjoyed learning how the El Sistema program gives hope to many impoverished young people in Venezuela. This social, music program teaches young people to play instruments (and sing) in the hopes of lifting them out of extreme poverty. El Sistema has experienced great success and has even branched out for children with disabilities. I highly recommend this film to music lovers, teachers, and people who enjoy learning about other cultures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago