Sistema is a short documentary that follows three directors from the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) in Canada as they explore how Venezuela has developed the world’s largest export of professional classical musicians. Their plan is to bring this revolutionary program to Canada, but only have three months before the school season starts. The pressure is on.
Created in 1975 by Jose Abreu, the government-funded, after school program, “El Sistema” (The System), has put instruments into the hands of children who otherwise would never have a chance to be transformed by music. The youth orchestra, based out of Caracas, is considered to be the best on the planet. There are more professional musicians working globally that came from this orchestra than from any other country in the world.
The Canadian team, lead by NBYO President Ken MacLeod, is on an odyssey to Venezuela to adopt the "El Sistema" program and bring it north. Their hope is to create a similar program back home where they, too, will use classical music as a means for creating social change in the youth of New Brunswick.
This documentary is being produced by Hemmings House Pictures.