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In constructing his film, Demme has chosen to rely primarily on the many interviews Dominique gave over the course of his lifetime. Thus, even though Dominique is dead, we are able to hear his story in his own words, a distinct advantage for those of us who knew little or nothing about the man and what he accomplished prior to our seeing this movie. We learn firsthand of all the dreams and fears, hopes and disappointments that came to define this one individual who truly made a difference in his world. In addition to these interviews, Demme also provides insights from Dominique's supportive wife and family as well as from some of the common folk in Haiti who were inspired by Dominique's vision.Read more ›
It's the most powerful, most personal medium. Nothing else on planet Earth can reach more oppressed people-the poorest, the illiterate and semi-illiterate-with the same information at one time. It explains and reflects issues, events, and people. It provides company as well as context. At its best, its mixture and manipulation of supplied sound nourishes the spirit and offers hope for a better tomorrow and, perhaps, even eventual liberation.
So Jean Leopold Dominique, a member of Haiti's light-skinned mulatto elite, was tuned in to this power. He purchased a radio station. In the 1970s, he turned himself onto the potential of expanding democracy through a free medium. ("Radio, then," says Dominique, "was not a news medium. It was entertainment.") He found freedom through his frequency. He committed class suicide using his (broadcast) voice to rally for peasant power. His reward: a violent death after being twice exiled from his homeland.
Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker behind "The Silence Of The Lambs" and "Philadelphia," was, of course, unaware that Dominique was going to be assassinated in April 2000, outside of Radio Haiti's studios; Demme had begun interviewing Dominique in 1986 for a documentary on the beleaguered island. They hit it off. So, on and off, the duo's filmed talks continued until 1999.
Those interviews form the spine of "The Agronomist," a tribute to Dominique's life, his wife, and Haiti's potential and constant strife. (The title comes from the profession he abandoned once broadcasting took hold.) Dominique's widow, Michele Montas, co-owner of Radio Haiti, assists Demme in telling the story of her husband's powerful existence as a broadcaster and a grassroots political activist.Read more ›
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The Agronomist was directed by renowned director Jonathan Demme in 2003. The film takes a close look into the political complexities of Haitian politics, especially in the last... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rupen Janbazian
You haven't seen this documentary yet? Why not? You absolutely must buy this today and watch it. It will inspire you to fight for what you believe in. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Nick Adams
It is easy to see why award winning Jonathan Demme had a fascination with Jean Dominique and the continued saga of the democratic process in Haiti. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by C. Collins
My product came just as they said it would. The shipped the product the next day. Definetely a good buy!Published on January 5, 2010 by Kirby Ross
This is an excellent movie. I recommend that any Haitian who cares about their country see it. Sad, but truly inspirational.Published on July 6, 2009 by JayWavy
I loved the determination of this man and the insight into the politicalness involved with/in Haiti. I rented this and watched it twice. I told myself-U need to buy this one. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by anniewilkes
This was an alright documentary about Radio Haiti and the man who started it. It was quite boring, though agronomy and radio are not action packed topics it could have been better. Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by Amen Farel
Though, I know of filmmaker Jonathan Demme (known best for THE CRYING GAME, among other films), I have never seen any of the films from his extensive body of work. Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by D. Pawl
n a word, this movie is "educational." It isn't the best documentary I've ever seen, but I do know quite a bit more about Haiti than I did before I saw it.Published on April 9, 2007 by B. W.