Human Rights Student Film Series: "El Sistema"

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Carr center Conference Room (R-219)

Screening and discussion of "El Sistema"

Guest Speaker: Yael Marciano

Mrs. Marciano, a native from Venezuela is a member of the board to the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) www.yoa.org, and advisor to MESDA Music Education for Social Development Agency, a Harvard based initiative. Mrs. Marciano endeavors seek to scale up the experiences of El Sistema, to the Rain Forest of Venezuela (Canaima), the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and other countries.

As a 2012 Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from Harvard University she devoted her research (ongoing) to linking the Human Capabilities to El Sistema. She is currently a Mason Fellow MPA at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. 

More about the film:

The film ‘El Sistema illustrates how innovative ideas can transform the lives of youth out of the vicious circle of poverty in Venezuela. The film tells five stories that take place in five different locations, yet have one thing in common: the expectation that music can change life for the better.


‘El Sistema’ is a network of children’s and youth orchestras, music centers and workshops in Venezuela, in which more than 250,000 children and young people are currently learning to play an instrument. It was set up over thirty years ago by José Antonio Abreu, who was driven by the utopian vision of a better future. In the dangerous and poverty-stricken shanty towns of Caracas, Abreu lifts children out of poverty through music, changing both people and structures. The story, which has all the makings of a fairytale, is the extraordinary account of a vision that has become reality. Several of the system’s young graduates now rank amongst the most coveted young talent in Europe - the most prominent being the 26-year-old conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the double bass player Edicson Ruiz, who at the age of 17 became the youngest musician ever to join the Berlin Philharmonic.

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The Human Rights Student Film Series is organized and sponsored by
 the HKS Human Rights Professional Interest Council (HR-PIC).