FATHER JOSEPH

Steeve Coupeau|2022|Haiti|74 min

A visionary priest fights for women’s rights and economic justice, survives political violence and a devastating earthquake, while lifting thousands of Haitian peasants out of poverty.

Synopsis

A visionary priest fights for women’s rights and economic justice, survives political violence and a devastating earthquake, while lifting thousands of Haitian peasants out of poverty.Author Reza Aslan said, "Funny, warm, and invigorating, FATHER JOSEPH is one of the most inspiring, life-affirming documentaries I've ever seen.” Father Joseph Philippe comes from one of the poorest parts of the planet, but he created the largest micro-finance bank in Haiti (with a special mission of empowering peasant women), a 600-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, a radio station, and the first rural college in the country. Almost everything Father Joseph built over 25 years was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he keeps moving forward with humor, courage determination, and a deep yet inclusive faith. Bob Schieffer, of CBS News, said: “FATHER JOSEPH is a very moving film. It is a disturbing, tragic, and yet 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.”

Type

Feature-length

Genre

Documentary

Directed By
Jeff Kaufman
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