Bosco’s Guitar

Bosco, a young musician orphaned in the Burundian genocide, is taken in by a member of the group responsible for the death of his mother.

Ultimately, Bosco must choose between hatred and hope.

Creative team

Writer: Kelly Rothberger
Director: Matt Handy
Producer: Steffen Schier

Filmmaker’s statement

Originally, we set out to tell the story of Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse and her incredible acts of kinds and bravery saving tens of thousands of children during the Burundian genocide. We quickly realized that her story was too large to tell in a short film.

We decided to tell the true story of her relationship with a single child, Bosco. By sharing the kindness and hope she brought to his life, we believed audiences would feel the hope she brought to thousands of children just like Bosco – enough children to fill the Air Canada Centre beyond capacity.

I’m drawn to stories of hope and compassion; stories that shine a light on the best and worst of us, while leaving us with a sense of possibility.

About Matt Handy

When a life-changing event as an auxiliary police officer reminded Matt to follow his bliss, he wound down his first career developing software for financial institutions and hedge funds. He put down the mouse and picked up a camera, focusing on his life long passion of storytelling.

His short films have won numerous awards. Bosco’s Guitar received a student Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the dramatic category.

Matt is currently in post production on the science-fiction feature film Out of Time. His next project Weather Balloon is preparing to shoot in New Mexico this winter.

Matt holds a B.Sc. in computer science from Queen’s University and an MFA from the prestigious American Film Institute. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter.

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