La Source (2012)

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Some documentaries just make you feel good about the world and the people in it and ‘La Source’ is definitely one of those.

Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Directed by Patrick Shen and narrated by the lovely Don Cheadle with music by Sigur Ros, La Source is cut from exceptional talent.
–Huffington Post

Patrick Shen’s artfully shot documentary…
–Stephanie Murrey, Washington Post

A really beautiful movie that I could totally see getting into the conversation around Oscar time.

“…an uplifting story of humanitarianism and development stemming from the local level.


Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), in what The Washington Post calls an “artfully shot documentary,” La Source tells the uplifting story of Josue Lajuenesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who returns to his country after the devastating 2010 earthquake to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival; clean water.

A hit at the 2012 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival where it received a standing ovation and a nomination for the Social Impact Award, this film from award-winning Director Patrick Shen (Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality, The Philosopher Kings) is not just a movie about clean water and community transformation; it is a story of one unlikely hero, empowered by a vision, who did whatever it took to ignite the passion of people thousands of miles away to change the lives of those in La Source forever.

the team

Directed by Patrick Shen
Produced by Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder, Jordan Wagner
Narrated by Don Cheadle
Cinematography by Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder
Edited by Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder


• Opened in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in August 2012
• Now available at Vimeo On Demand, iTunes, and DVD


Fascinating and affecting.
-Steve Pond, The Wrap

★★★★ ‘La Source” is a real life fairytale, where a once hopeless romantic ideal catches fire and ultimately, the dream comes true.
-Reel Georgia

I’ve seen this movie twice, and there were tears and cheers both times.
-Dan Schindel, Current Movie Reviews

This film offers terrific images that allude to internal states, loneliness and worry, resolve and poise.” -Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters