FATHER JOSEPH

“FATHER JOSEPH is one of the most inspiring, life-affirming documentaries I've ever seen. Father Joseph's story is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at you. Funny, warm, and invigorating - - this is a film that everyone should watch.” - bestselling author Reza Aslan

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The first in his family to read and write, Father Joseph founded Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank for the poor (Fonkoze) with a special mission of empowering peasant women through literacy classes, small business training, and community building loans. He founded a 650-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, and a radio station; he also built hundreds of homes, planted thousands of trees, and created the University of Fondwa (Haiti’s first rural college). Several of his close friends were murdered because of their work for the poor, and almost everything Father Joseph built over 25 years was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is always moving forward with an infectious sense of humor, and a deep, inspiring faith.

“An inspiring documentary. Father Joseph has the kind of vision and indomitable spirit that might earn someone a Nobel Peace Prize.”

- The Huffington Post

“An uplifting story of the difference one person can make in the world. If there is such a thing as a man of God, surely it is Father Joseph Philippe.”

- Bob Schieffer, CBS News

“This inspiring film challenges my sense of my place in the world and what my responsibility is to others.”

- actor Willem Dafoe


“FATHER JOSEPH is a totally amazing story about one of the most amazing figures of our time. In showing us this extraordinary priest who built a community from the ground up, and has committed to rebuilding it after the earthquake, the film also tells the story of Haiti in the 21st century, its long and troubled history, and its slow path to recovery. It is moving to see how Father Joseph lives and ministers to people who love him and gain strength from him. All of us would do well to live by Father Joseph’s words and energy and example. Don’t miss this great film.”

- Ruth W. Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service

“I watched FATHER JOSEPH twice with great pleasure and admiration. This is a truly moving film. The story of man touched by God, who understands that we are all God’s children. It’s uplifting, terrifying, beautiful, and genuinely inspiring to see Father Joseph at work, to come close to his life and people, to their gorgeous landscape, and to their relentlessly hopeful vision.”

- Jay Parini, author of “Jesus: The Human Face of God”

“A beautiful ode to a real modern day hero.” - Rainn Wilson