The Agronomist (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The Agronomist
Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.
A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed.
Demme's emotionally engaging salute to his fallen friend is a personal labor of love with relevance for anyone concerned with the history of our hemisphere. Or its future.
It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.
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.
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.
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