El Sistema Documentary: Tocar y Luchar (2006)

Tocar y Luchar (2006) is an evocative and inspiring portrait of El Sistema by filmmaker Alberto Arvelo. The film documents the work of José Antonio Abreu and his vision for the role of music in the 21st century. The mission of Abreu’s comprehensive and inclusive music education program in Venezuela is articulated through a stunning narrative featuring meaningful commentary by celebrated musicians including Sir Simon Rattle and Eduardo Mata; brilliant musical performances by orchestral and choral musicians at different levels of proficiency; thoughtful explorations of music as an instrument for social development; and powerful testimonies from young orchestral musicians whose lives have been transformed by the power of music. See the complete and unedited documentary here: 

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