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Haiti Film – Documentary Filmed in Haiti Before the 2010 Earthquake

Haiti Film – Watch “The Road to Fondwa”:


Buy The Road to Fondwa on DVD - All proceeds go to earthquake relief efforts in the area of Fondwa, Haiti.

Since we began working on The Road to Fondwa we have had 3 core goals:

1. To spread the word about Fondwa’s alternative vision for sustainable development;

2. To present a realistic view of Haiti;

3. To increase collaboration with and financial support for the people of Fondwa, and Haiti in general.

To purchase a film and support Haiti relief efforts, please click here to buy from Amazon.

Once you’ve seen the film, we would love to hear what you think via Twitter (@roadtofondwa), e-mail, or facebook!

We have had over 30,000 views on YouTube and over 3,000 views on Vimeo. Please help us to spread the word to keep this number growing!

Screenings: Help to raise funding and awareness for Haiti by screening The Road to Fondwa at your school, church, business, book club, etc. We are building a map of screenings around the world, let’s fill it up! Click here for specific instructions on how to set up a successful screening!

Reactions to The Road to Fondwa (add your own as a “comment” below):

“Less a cinematic opus, and more a dry and gritty survey, “Road to Fondwa” offers the viewer a glimpse into the sad pathos of Haiti. Still, the Haitian legacy of resilience and survival rings true in the movie. There was a hopeful light in the eyes of the Haitian people that penetrated the cameras.”
– NYTimes.com. The Local – Fort Greene / Clinton Hill

“Finally, a documentary that shows Haiti’s potential and the potential within us all. As a Haitian it made me proud, and as a human being it made me want to dance!”
– Carine Fabius. Owner, Galerie Lakaye Haitian Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

“The Road to Fondwa is a wonderful movie that transports viewers along several intersecting routes– a jarring road to awareness of Haiti’s harrowing poverty and of the heavy burden of US responsibility for creating it; an uplifting path to appreciation of Haiti’s heroic history and indomitable spirit of resilience and resistance; and an inspiring runway to action in solidarity with Haitians’ determined efforts to build a road to a better future for all.”
– Andrew Marx. Director of Communications, Partners in Health

“[…] My kids & I saw the film at the Coolidge Corner theatre along with several other PIHers. Our response was overwhelmingly positive. We appreciated the depiction of Haiti, and the effort to support development of the community, especially through education. The style was easy & informative, even for a 7 & 11 year-old.  I appreciate that you set out to do something different from what others have done on Haiti, and think you’ve largely succeeded. […]”
-Carole D. Mitnick Sc.D., Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

“The Road to Fondwa portrayed a very positive message about Haiti, one full of triumph and hope. After viewing you will be moved to find out how you can help too.”
-Tej Nuthulaganti. Premedical Trustee-at-Large, National Board of Trustees American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam Starr January 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

The Road to Fondwa is an astounding triumph for any documentarian, especially the young team of first time filmmakers behind Fondwa. The film is both inspiring and informative, beautifully photographed, paced, and worth watching again with family and friends. You can’t consider yourself a global citizen if you fail to learn about and help other members of your larger community. Watching the The Road to Fondwa is one such avenue to that empowerment.


Fahimy Casimir November 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

My name Is Fahimy Casimir President of the haitian student org at my school and we would love to help I was very touched by your doc i was wondering how can I help with the org i was even wondering if we can show this doc in a fundraiser please let me know


Ray Torres January 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks, Justin. I want to show this at my church. For update on Fondwa check out http://www.piphaiti.org


Tjebbe van Tijen January 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Just tried to look at your Road to Fondwa documentary… on vimeo… als half way there were many technical problems… could have been the traffic (that would be a good sign)… but maybe it is a technical problem…. can you check it? it start when the lady tells about her work on the market…. digital blocks fill the screen, sound stutters , later the complete sound falls out…

I like to post a small description of your video as I liked your approach to show the back country…. as another focus than the bidonville misery…

I prefer the vimeo format over the Youtube… as your movie needs the high resolution


Ryan @ Red Cross in DC January 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

GREAT EVENT tonight (1-18-10) in Washington DC. Thanks for putting it on. Your all great people.


Holly Cotter January 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I just finished watching this video, and reading the letter update from Fr. Joseph, and it has brought tears to my eyes.

The hope, the dedication, the vision, and the time all those people put into making things better… and then to have it taken away overnight. Getting to know those people thru the video has made this tragedy even more real to me. And, I’m left with a sense of sadness at what has been lost, endless awe of the strength and dedication shown by the people in the film, and a heart full of hope that things will be rebuilt even better than before.

Thank you for sharing the Haitian situation in such a loving way, and for showing all of us that there is ALWAYS a way each individual can make a difference.


Sarah February 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

Thank you for this beautiful ticket to Haiti. Past the images that bombard our television screen, this documentary filled me with a true sense of HOPE.
I am currently teaching a course called Contemporary Global Literature at a high school in Connecticut, and in studying Danticat and “the butterfly’s way”, an anthology of Haitian authors, I was trying to find a documentary to give my students a visual of Haiti. The Road to Fondwa has been an invigorating expereince. This documentary has not only made the recent tragedies more real, but has given me new hope in the human spirit. Although Haiti is a nation that has struggled and will continue to struggle, the people, the landscape, the history; all of these things give me a reason to keep my head high for the future. Through this documentary, hope has been rekindled. Fondwa and its people are a model for not only Haiti but for our global community.


Dick Bernard February 9, 2010 at 2:27 am

Road to Fondwa is an absolutely marvelous film, providentially completed before the January 12 earthquake demolished the place and many of the people of Fondwa and area. It is a film about wonderful people living life in a rural part of Haiti but nonetheless intertwined with places like Cite Soleil. It conveys hope, and not only that, the people are a positive example for all of us. I highly recommend it for group showings and fundraisers.

I recognized a face in the film, Fr. Joseph, who is Fr. Joseph Philippe, the founder of Fonkoze, the micro-finance group in which I am active, and which will be integral to the recovery of Haiti. But Fonkoze is not mentioned in the film: the focus is on Father Joseph’s community, Fondwa, now in ruins. Fondwa needs our help.

Nonetheless, I’d recommend, also, a visit to http://www.fonkoze.org, AFTER a generous contribution to Fondwa.

THANK YOU, MESI, to the producers of this film.


Martha February 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I was in Fondwa in 1998! What a blessing to know that a University has been built to educated the Haitians. When I was there, we visited and worked in a beautiful clinic building. I pray that it is still standing after the earthquake! The people of Fondwa were incredibly wonderful to work with. We visited a bakery and bought bread. I miss Haiti! I miss Fondwa! I pray that the Haitians will stay strong and rebuild. God bless the Haitians!


John Ricard April 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

This is a great movie! Really tells their story.


reggie August 28, 2012 at 2:59 am

thank you this video of country haiti that make me feel like i wanna go home to live with my people


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