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The Agronomist (2004)

The Agronomist



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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images and brief nudity)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jun 7, 2005
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Critic Reviews for The Agronomist

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.

May 28, 2004
Detroit News
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A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Agronomist

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
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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

Fascinating documentary about the owner/DJ of Radio Haiti, who started out in life as an agronomist and wound up a revolutionary.

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