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documentary El Sistema Music to change life

Music to change life

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 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.


  • Directed by:
    • Maria Stodtmeier
    • Paul Smaczny
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 1 h 40 min
  • Production: © EuroArts Music International
  • Available version(s): EN, ES
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR, EN
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