Watch Father Joseph's incredible story unfold in the new documentary Father Joseph, produced by Floating World Pictures; now available for purchase.
Father Joseph established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank for the poor (Fonkoze), which has given literacy training and financial opportunity to hundreds of thousands of peasant 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. Almost all of Father Joseph’s 25 years of work was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is rebuilding with an inspiring humor and determination.
PRESS FOR THE FILM
"Film & Theater with a Purpose"
"The combination of a strong faith and a strong back has helped Father Joseph and his followers through some extremely challenging times."
"Father Joseph Philippe has the kind of vision and indomitable spirit that might earn someone a Nobel Peace Prize or an Academy Award."
"'Father Joseph' is an inspiring new documentary from Floating World Pictures about a priest in Haiti who has helped Fondwa, one of the poorest communities in the world."
"In the first 22 years of ministry in a Haitian outpost so rural that no road led to it, Father Joseph Philippe did some amazing things - including getting that road built."
"'Father Joseph,' chronicles Father Philippe’s efforts to build a school and orphanage, and to help the Haitian poor become financially independent and increasingly literate."
"Philippe has accomplished much, as he’s spent his life fighting for women’s rights and economic equality in his native Haiti."
"Fr Joseph's indomitable spirit and enduring humour."
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