During Laerte’s long-desired audition with the São Paolo symphony orchestra, his nerves get the better of his talent. The top violinist messes up his shot at the big time. He returns home, shell-shocked. How can he continue his career? Crestfallen, he is forced to take on a job as a music teacher in a slum. There Laerte encounters a group of undisciplined youngsters with no understanding of music. He loses all hope because these kids are also clearly affected by poverty, domestic violence and crime. He then discovers that talent can develop anywhere, even under the toughest circumstances. However, does everyone get the chance they deserve?
Based on real-world events and inspired by the youth orchestra founded 20 years ago in the Brazilian favela Heliopolis. The filmmaker is from a musical family which undoubtedly helped him compile the catchy soundtrack: from Bach and Vivaldi to Brazilian rappers Criolo and Rappin’ Hood.