The Agronomist (2004)


Critic Consensus: A well-made, emotionally engaging documentary about Haitian social activist Jean Dominique.


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A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, which weaves: 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.


Critic Reviews for The Agronomist

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (25)

Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.

Aug 7, 2004

A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.

Jun 10, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.

May 28, 2004 | Rating: C-
Detroit News
Top Critic

A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With Haiti again in the news, The Agronomist is an apt history lesson about its political turmoil and a powerful testimonial about patriotism in the face of oppression.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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A thoroughly fascinating look at a man with a mind that is subtle, sensitive and alert to life's nuances.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Agronomist

A fascinating documentary about Jean Leopold Dominique, a radio personality who gave a voice to the people of Haiti during the reign of the Duvalier regimes. The film tells Dominique?s story in his own words through interview footage taken over the course of decades. A great character study and a great history lesson. Unfortunately the project occasionally looks a bit cheap, seemingly minor aspect like the font used look a little bit unprofessional, which is surprising when one considers that this was made by the Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme. Still, this is a great story that should be seen by many.


Super Reviewer

I didn't know Jean Dominique prior to seeing this film and I was glad for the opportunity to have gotten to know him. Once in a blue moon, you find men of courage. Unfortunately they are few and far between.

John Ballantine
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