Alejandra Amarilla is a mother, activist, philanthropist, and filmmaker, currently based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, Alejandra now uses the medium of film to bring a voice to the voiceless and create awareness about poverty and children’s causes in her native country. Her passion toward her social causes is rivaled only by the love she has for her three children, whom she co-parents with her former husband, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash. Her latest film, The Landfillharmonic, has been chronicled by 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, Live with Kelly and Michael, Time, and a variety of other major international media outlets.
The Landfillharmonic is a remarkable true story about turning garbage into beauty. It chronicles the inspiring developments of a most unlikely children’s orchestra in the impoverished community of Cateura, Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in Latin America.
Alejandra Amarilla was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, but she spent much of her youth traveling to different countries with her family and exploring diverse cultures. Her father worked for the United Nations, and so Alejandra was exposed to a vast and complex world at a very young age, with all of its riches, happiness, poverty, and suffering. These experiences would ultimately shape her life’s work, instilling within her a passion to speak up for those who are struggling, and for the women and children who so often don’t have a voice.