The Agronomist PG-13

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 7, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Stereo Surround 2.0 English
    • Stereo Surround 2.0 French

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

Total Count: 71


User Ratings: 1,123
Rating: B- -- ... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jan 2, 2005
Rating: C- -- It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be.
Detroit News
May 28, 2004
[S]uperb....The present-tense quality of the conversations gives THE AGRONOMIST a roller-coaster intensity.
New York Times
Apr 23, 2004
Rating: 3/4 -- A compassionate and powerful tribute to a crusader doing battle with 'no weapon other than his microphone and a thirst for truth.'
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sep 23, 2004
Demme does not seek justice. He has done something greater in making Dominique immortal. Full Review
Las Vegas CityLife
Jun 24, 2004
Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Aug 7, 2004
Rating: 3/4 -- 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
Seattle Times
May 14, 2004

Product Description:

Jean Dominique, the Haitian radio personality, investigative journalist, and political activist who was assassinated in April 2000, is the subject of Jonathan Demme's informative documentary. Demme, who has directed other documentaries about charismatic figures such as Spalding Gray (SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA), asked Dominique to participate in this film in 1991. At that time, Dominique was exiled from Haiti and living in New York City, where he remained dedicated to combatting the oppressive Haitian government. Interviews with Dominique and his wife Michele Montas shed light on the strong personalities and utter conviction of these two charming renegades, while Demme interweaves footage that puts their lives in context. Shots of their independent radio station, Radio Haiti, show the husband-wife team broadcasting inside the station, as well as the building's bullet-riddled exterior. A tour of Dominique's childhood home, where his mother shares her reflections, instantly communicate his deep attachment to Haiti. Meanwhile, harder pictures of riots and violence show the country's deep-seated poverty, injustice, and political unrest. All of this culminates in a simple explanation of why Dominique was so dedicated to trying to make a change. With a nice balance of character development--highlighting Dominique's remarkable spirit--and political background about Haiti and Dominique's impact on its people, THE AGRONOMIST is a superb film. The excellent, dub-heavy soundtrack by Wyclef Jean brings a contemporary edge to the film's events.

Description by Warner Home Video:

The life of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, told through historical footage of Haiti; interviews with Dominique and his wife, Michele Montas; and footage shot before his assassination in April 2000.


Production Notes:

  • This film screened at SXSW 2004 in Austin, Texas.
  • Theatrical Release: APRIL 23, 2004 (LIMITED)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 21,758
  • UPC: 794043785320
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