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31 March 2004 (France) See more »
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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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
inspiring story of an inspirational man, 19 June 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist" is a documentary about Jean Dominique, the Haitian civil rights leader and radio journalist who was gunned down by unknown assassins on April 3, 2000. A passionate believer in a free and open press, Dominique founded Radio Haiti in the early 1960's and became know as the "voice of the people" for over four decades of that nation's turbulent, strife-torn history. Through a succession of coups and counter-coups that seemed to forever rock the country, Dominique remained committed to securing freedom for the citizens of his beloved island nation, even if that meant having to do so as a frequent political exile living in the United States. That his own life ended tragically - as is so often the case when brave individuals step out to try to make the world a better place - is of less importance than that people of goodwill pick up the banner and carry forth his message of social justice and equality for all people. Demme has done just that by putting together this inspiring and thought provoking documentary.

In constructing his film, Demme has chosen to rely primarily on the many interviews Dominique gave over the course of his lifetime. Thus, even though Dominique is dead, we are able to hear his story in his own words, a distinct advantage for those of us who knew little or nothing about the man and what he accomplished prior to our seeing this movie. We learn firsthand of all the dreams and fears, hopes and disappointments that came to define this one individual who truly made a difference in his world. In addition to these interviews, Demme also provides insights from Dominique's supportive wife and family as well as from some of the common folk in Haiti who were inspired by Dominique's vision.

As the movie unfolds, Demme provides us with a well-delineated history of Haiti in the last half century, showing us the political turmoil and human suffering that have, sadly, come to define life in that benighted country. This includes the installation and overthrow of both Duvalier regimes ("Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc"), the election then overthrow of Aristide by the forces of Cedras, then the return to power of Aristide at the hands of an international force led by the United States. The saddest part of the movie comes near the end with the realization that, even with a democratically elected government in place, life has not become appreciably better for the average Haitian, for the violence, suppression and government corruption seem as intense today as at any time in Haiti's past.

Still, despite these many setbacks, Dominique's vision of a world where every person is free to speak his mind without fear continues to flourish in the hearts of men and women everywhere. This film is a tribute to that spirit.

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