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Release Date:
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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Quotes:
Interviewer Jonathan (In USA):[asked while Jean was in exile in NYC, voice offscreen] Do you have any doubt, Jean, that Radio Haiti will return to the air?
Jean Dominique:Any doubt? Not the shadow of the doubt. Not a shadow. I am sure. I am positive. Jonathan, you cannot kill the truth. You cannot kill justice. You cannot kill what we are fighting for. Participation of the citizens through the community business.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Passion of the Journalist, 19 May 2006
Author: russnrose1127 from United States

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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