To Play and to Fight (2006)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Venezuela  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

As youth music programs in the United States continue to decline in both quality and quantity, filmmaker Alberto Arvelo offers a fascinating look at how the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, among other music programs across the South American country, are having an incredibly positive impact on the very fabric of Venezuelan society. Though once a simple, modest program designed to teach youngsters about classical music and provide them with the skills needed to become a professional orchestral performer, the unprecedented success Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System has inspired numerous other South American countries to implement similar programs. In addition to offering impoverished children a means of transcending their hardships, To Play and to Fight also encourages to allow the viewer to notice the power of music as an effective tool in promoting social growth.




classical-music, determination, hardships, orchestra, social-change, Venezuela, youth