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The Agronomist (2003)

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


Jonathan Demme
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Jean Dominique Jean Dominique ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aboudja Aboudja ... Self
Ronald Reagan ... Self (archive footage)


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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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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References La Strada (1954) See more »

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Death is not a defeat
11 June 2005 | by ericv60See all my reviews

He gave voice to the masses at a point in history when silence was the status quo and personified integrity where corruption has been the norm for so long. I did not know him personally, but I am one of so many touched by his courage and saddened by his untimely departure from this earth. This documentary is a must see masterpiece that depicts Jean Do for what he really was: "a true Haitian Hero and a giant among men". It is cinematographic poetry from the mind of a genius about a man of a rare specimen that nature produces a few of. When taking into account the current situation in the island, one cannot help wondering whether Jean Dominique was the last of an endangered specie. Death is not a defeat but a guarantee to immortality to the righteous.

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

31 March 2004 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,855, 25 April 2004

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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