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The Agronomist (2003)

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

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A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique. It includes: historical footage of Haiti's vivid and tumultuous past; interviews with Dominique, himself and with Michele Montas--his heroic wife, life-long love, and extraordinary partner; and incorporates footage shot before Dominique's assassination on April 3, 2000. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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31 March 2004 (France)  »

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$30,855 (USA) (23 April 2004)

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$226,189 (USA) (25 June 2004)
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Peasant Leader: [prior to pouring the assassinated Jean Dominique's ashes into a farming community's river] "We peasants, from all corners of this country, will not give up this fight. The same way Jean stood with us, Jean has trusted us with his body, his ashes, to be joined with the waters and soil of the Artibonite River. Jean always said you can take the body, burn the body, but the spirit... you devils! the spirit... you criminals! the spirit... you assassins! lives on in our minds."
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The Passion of the Journalist
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my search for a movie to review in my Latin American class, I came across "The Agronomist" at my local video store. Not knowing much about Latin America in general, I was not aware of what went on in Haiti - then, and even now. This was such a powerful film portraying Jean Dominique, the Haitian journalist who spoke out against successive dictatorships on Radio Haiti. I feel he resembles how Martin Luther King, in the way he spoke to become the "voice of the people" and his unending passion to pursue freedom, opportunity and human rights for the Haitian peasantry.

I recall one part of the film that caught my attention. The foreign soldiers scene discussing "The Battle of Vertieres" that occurred on November 18, 1803. Composed of escaped Haitian slaves form the Haitian Revolutionary Army,demolish Napoleon's Colonial Forces. Here, Jean Dominique's father tells him when he's just a young boy seeing soldiers pass his house, "You are from this land, you are not French, you are not British, you are not American. You are Haitian!" I feel Dominique's passion to fight for human rights from the elite were rooted in him by his father.

Dominique stood for the values of open inquiry, justice and freedom. The documentary provides the world with the insight of this fearless man who wanted to do good in the world. I hope someday his assassins are found and justice is served.


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