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Movie: THE AGRONOMIST

THE AGRONOMIST

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Monday, October 29th @ 7:00 PM

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The Agronomist

Written and Directed by:  Johnathan Demme

Country:  Haiti                   Year:  2003                 Length:  90 Minutes

Languages: English, French & Haitian Creole     Genre: Political Documentary

Music: Wyclef Jean

Trailer:

Acclaim:      96% “Fresh” from Rotten Tomatoes (All Critics Review)

 Review:     

                     A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with ‘no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth. Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

Johnathan Demme’s documentary, The Agronomist, is a film about Jean Leopold Dominique and his wife, Michèle Montas, owners of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first independent radio station.  

Jean Léopold Dominique (July 31, 1930 – April 3, 2000) was a Haitian journalist and pro-democracy activist. His station, Radio Haiti-Inter, was the first to broadcast news, investigative reporting, and political analysis in Haitian Creole, the language spoken by all Haitian people.  He was assassinated on April 3, 2000, a crime for which no suspects were identified nor prosecuted.

Filmmaker Johnathan Demme (1944 – 2017) was a celebrated filmmaker who created a massive body of work including feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos.  His most well-known films are The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Beloved.  His film The Silence of the Lambs is one of only three films to win an Academy Award in all categories.