Filmed on location in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. This documentary tells the story of one of the few luthiers, or guitar makers, in Congo.

In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of Congo was still a Belgian colony, the stores of Greek and Portuguese traders were selling acoustic guitars. Those guitars were European high-quality guitars but the prices were too high for the average Congolese worker.

When his father told Maurice Almaz that they had no money to buy him an acoustic guitar, Maurice decided to build his own guitar. That is what pushed him to start manufacturing affordable and fully handcrafted acoustic guitars.

What began as a popular alternative became a small business and, today, is the only alternative to the Chinese and Indian acoustic guitars that have flooded the Kinshasa market.

Client: United Nations
Directed by: Alan Brain
Photographed by: Alan Brain
Produced by: Fabrice Badibanga
Edited by: Alan Brain

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Role: directed, shot, edited.