The Road to Fondwa tells the powerful story of a rural Haitian community before the earthquake, speaking to the power of hope and to the future of an impoverished nation.

When Haiti is not forgotten or ignored, it is seen through a tinted lens. This small, poverty-ridden country shares an island with the Dominican Republic just 500 miles from Miami. Its proximity brings it into our national conscience in short, periodic bursts. When a dictator is overthrown, a group of “boat people” is lost at sea, or a coup is staged it gets our attention. Reporters rush to the scene, and we feel sympathy. But then, as quickly as the news cycle churns, the moment disappears.

From the beginning of this film, it is clear that The Road to Fondwa does not follow this pattern. The first interview introduces Sandelwi, a farmer and a mystic, riding on top of a bus that is speeding around the treacherous curves of a mountain road to Port-au-Prince, mindless of the valley below. “When you’re in Haiti, I consider you Haitian,” he says, “it’s up to us; we have to put our heads together to do development.”

And from that point on, there is no turning back. It becomes evident that The Road to Fondwa is not a one-way street, but rather a conduit between two very different, but intricately related nations.

On Sunday, March 21, at 6 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin will welcome filmmaker Justin Brandon, as it hosts and shows The Road to Fondwa.

Brandon will join Pastor Jamalyn Peigh-Williamson of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis to speak about Haiti and the recent earthquake. Peigh-Williamson was in Haiti with a mission team when the quake hit. She and others made it safely back to Indiana.

This event is open to the public. A free-will offering will be received to support Brandon’s work. Childcare will be available. For more information please call 317-736-7962. Grace United Methodist Church is located one mile West of I-65 on SR 44 in Franklin. To learn more, go to