Caribbean American Heritage Month: DC Caribbean Film Fest

FATHER JOSEPH – June 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm


Special Features: Q&A with filmmaker Jeff Kaufman and producer Marcia Ross, plus Anne Hastings, Leigh Carter and Junior Beauvais, who appear in the film.

This inspiring documentary follows Father Joseph Philippe, the priest who established Haiti’s largest microcredit bank for the poor, Fonkoze, which has given literacy training and financial opportunity to hundreds of thousands of women and their families. He also founded a 700-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic and a radio station; he has built dozens of homes, and he created the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural college. Along the way, several of Father Joseph’s friends and colleagues were murdered because of their work for the poor. The 2010 earthquake destroyed almost everything Father Joseph built over 25 years, but the film sees him moving forward and rebuilding with infectious humor, deep faith and determination.

DIR/SCR/PROD Jeff Kaufman; PROD Marcia Ross. Haiti/U.S., 2015, color, 71 min, DCP. In English and Creole with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Run Time: 71 Minutes

Genre: Documentary