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Paradigm Shifts: Music & Film Festival — NEW YORK: Day 3

  • Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Encompass' Paradigm Shifts: Music & Film Festival in association with Union Theological Seminary, The Center for Earth Ethics (Karenna Gore, Director), and Derrick Harkins, Vice President of Union and Innovation in Public Programming.


OMEGA DANCE COMPANY + GLOBAL WATER DANCERS, New York’s premiere sacred dance company, with excerpts from “Sanctus” and “Benedictus,” the water-inspired movement of Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia.”


VALERIE NARANJO, composer/percussionist performing traditional music of Benin and Haiti. Valerie plays percussion for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, was named World Music Percussionist of the Year in 2005 and 2008. She has recorded with Broadway’s The Lion King, the Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Tori Amos, Airto Moreira, MEGADRUMS, among many others.


FATHER JOSEPH (2015), written and directed by Jeffrey Kaufman and produced by Marcia S. Ross, a feature documentary of the remarkable life and work of the visionary Haitian priest who established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank (Fonkoze), with the special mission of empowering hundreds of thousands of women and their families through literacy classes, small business training, and community building loans.

He founded a 700-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, and a radio station; he built dozens of homes, and created the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural college. With humor, courage and faith, Father Joseph Phillipe survives political violence and a devastating earthquake, while lifting thousands of Haitians out of poverty. (1’-11”)

Affecting and inspiring, FATHER JOSEPH challenges my sense of my place in the world and what my responsibility is to others.
— Willem Dafoe


With Father Joseph and the filmmakers: Jeffrey Kaufman (writer/director/producer), Marcia S. Ross (producer), and Andy Gale (Board Chair of Raising Haiti Foundation). Director Jeffrey Kaufman has also made a number of documentaries for Amnesty International.