Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi

Botso Documentary - inspiring audiences around the world

A beautiful story of a remarkable man from the Republic of Georgia who, against all odds, survived the horrors of World War II and went on to transform our community through his passion for art, music and living.

“After the execution of his actor father, Botso Korisheli fled the Soviet Union and settled in Morro Bay where,as a teacher, he created a world of musical magic…”  Los Angeles Times

“BOTSO: The Teacher From Tbilisi” has won the Audience Choice Award at the Maine International Film Festival and at the Fallbrook International Film Festival and now at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival.  It is clear to see that Botso's extraordinary life story has inspired people from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic and around the world.  



Congratulations to Tom Walters, David Thayer, Hilary Grant, and all the people who worked to make the film such a great success. Visit for additional information on the movie, or follow its progress on Facebook. Proceeds of ticket sales go to support the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony.