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La Source


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.


  • Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times
    “Some documentaries just make you feel good about the world and the people in it and 'La Source' is definitely one of those."
  • Stephanie Murrey, Washington Post
    "Patrick Shen's artfully shot documentary.."
  • Huffington Post
    "Directed by Patrick Shen and narrated by the lovely Don Cheadle with music scored by Sigur Ros, LaSource is cut from exceptional talent."
    “A really beautiful movie that I could totally see getting into the conversation around Oscar time.”
  • Steve Pond, The Wrap
    “Fascinating and affecting.”
  • IndieWire
    “an uplifting story of humanitarianism and development stemming from the local level."
  • Reel Georgia
    "(****) 'La Source" is a real life fairytale, where a once hopeless romantic ideal catches fire and ultimately, the dream comes true."
  • Dan Schindel, Current Movie Reviews
    "I’ve seen this movie twice, and there were tears and cheers both times."
  • Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
    "This film offers terrific images that allude to internal states, loneliness and worry, resolve and poise."
  • Scott Wold, Paste Magazine
    " has to be the most dedicated of cynics to remain unmoved.."

Festival Participation

  • AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival - 2012
    Nominated Social Impact Award
  • Rome International Film Festival - 2012
    Nominated Best Documentary
  • Arclight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival - 2012
    Winner Best Documentary / Social Issue Category
  • Docuwest International Documentary Film Festival - 2012
  • Voices from the Waters International Film Festival - 2012
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival - 2012
  • Heartland Film Festival - 2012
  • Red Rock Film Festival - 2012
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2013
  • Boulder International Film Festival - 2013
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - 2013
  • D.C. Environmental Film Festival - 2013
  • Green Bay Film Festival - 2013

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