El Sistema

Music to change life

"Play – but with your heart, not with your head!"

This moving documentary about Venezuela's unique system of music education takes us from barrios of Caracas to the world's finest concert halls. It shows how Venezuelan visionary José Antonio Abreu has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the past three decades. Children from streets dominated by the gun battles of gang warfare are taken into music schools, given access to music and taught though the model of the symphony orchestra how to build a better society.

In the press:

"The future of classical music is in Venezuela"
Sir Simon Rattle (in Caracas press conference in 2005)

"I have nothing but admiration for José Antonio Abreu's commitment. What he has achieved with El Sistema and the Simón Bolívar is quite simply unique in the world."
Claudio Abbado

Movie directors : Maria Stodtmeier, Paul Smaczny
Collection : Our Selection of the Week
Playlists : Musics from the Americas, Music, History and Politics

Duration : 01 h 40 min
Production date : 2009
Production : © EuroArts Music International
Available version(s) : SP ST EN, SP ST FR

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