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31 March 2004 (France) See more »
Plot:
The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jean Dominique ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aboudja ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
Produced by
Edwidge Danticat .... executive producer
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Lizi Gelber .... associate producer (as Lizzie Gelber)
Bevin McNamara .... producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Wyclef Jean 
 
Cinematography by
Aboudja 
Jonathan Demme 
Bevin McNamara 
Peter Saraf 
 
Film Editing by
Lizi Gelber  (as Lizzie Gelber)
Bevin McNamara 
 
Sound Department
Albert Gasser .... sound editor
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... sound designer
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... sound effects editor
 
Editorial Department
Glenn Allen .... additional editor
Marc Cohen .... additional editor
 
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Rebecca Conroy .... production assistant
 

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity
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USA:90 min
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Certification:
Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13

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Jean Dominique:Clearly our silence and restraint irritated Dany Toussaint, and perhaps his masters. The mistake of Dany Toussaint was to think that a bit of terrorism on the part of street thugs would give access to our microphone. If they keep trying to use these screamers in front of Radio Haiti Inter to shut down the Delmas Road...See more »
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References La Strada (1954)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Viva Dominique, 13 December 2005
Author: Pedro Ser from United States

First of all, I thank Mr. Demme for making a film about this extraordinary man. Jean Dominique, needless to say, is someone to admire and learn from. He reminds me of José F. Peña Gómez, a Dominican of Haitian descent, who also took to the airwaves (circa 1965) and became an exemplary patriot.

In response to a comment about why the Dominican Republic has relatively stood idle throughout Haiti's ongoing strife, it should be noted that DR sadly has its own ills to tend as well. The island of Hispaniola it's one with two different nations, cultures and languages, a notorious legacy of the tug-of-war between former colonial powers. But like Haiti, it is another victim of many of the same demons that to various degrees afflict much of Latin America.

I must admit with much shame that even as a Dominican, only during my residence here in the far-flung region of New York rather than back home in Santo Domingo have I befriended fellow Haitians and came to know more about their culture. Learning about a Haitian luminary such as Mr. Dominique has thus been a treasure.

It saddens me deeply how most media outlets to date do scant coverage about what's happening in Haiti and elsewhere with little mention, if any at all, about the feats of Jean Dominique and how his assassins have yet been brought to justice. These and many more reasons make The Agronomist a must-see documentary. In this ever more jaded, cynical world, it's inspiring and much of a solace to find people like Jean Dominique amidst the disheartening and overbearing blanket of corruption and complacency.

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