A word from the Director
Thomas Buttenschøn and Tyler Q Rosen filming in Kaunda Square, Lusaka, Zambia in January 2014
In 2013, my dear friend, Thomas asked me if I wanted to shoot a film in Zambia. I told him “Sure. What is the film about?” Thomas simply replied “I want to know if songs can save the world”.
Originally, we thought the shoot would take only a few weeks. Well, we actually shot 118 days, over three years, resulting in over 700 hours of footage. What we thought might be an impactful short film, instead turned into an incredible project that not only included a film, but also an album, numerous concerts and a non-profit, global foundation founded by Thomas and I that is dedicated to raising awareness through the power of music.
This was a journey. A journey that taught us so much about the human condition and about the struggles that so many face in this world. A journey that spanned three continents, six countries and completely engulfed our hearts and minds. Thomas became an activist.. with his music, with his story. I, too, became an activist.. with my camera. Together, and we with so many others, we made this film.
Along the way, we met and collaborated with such an astounding array of talented individuals that it’s almost impossible to list them all. From Denmark to Zambia, South Africa to California, so many inspirational people – activists, artists, musicians, journalists, philanthropists, doctors, health care workers – the list feels endless. People who strive, every day, to make a difference. To make the world a better place.
This film is Thomas’ story, but it’s also the story of all those who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to make a difference. This is their story as well.
Tyler Q Rosen