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Directed by Jonathan Demme

United Arab Emerites 2003 91 mins. In English

Jonathan Demme’s career as a feature filmmaker was paralleled by personal documentaries focusing on music and human rights, with a special interest in Haitian culture. The Agronomist is an impassioned portrait and celebration of the late Haitian radio personality Jean Dominique, who courageously campaigned for democracy in the tiny island nation. As longtime owner and operator of Haiti’s only free radio station, Dominique battled with a long succession of oppressive regimes, living as a symbol of freedom, the voice of the people, and the conscience of the country. Demme tells his story with an inspiring assembly of interviews and historic footage that at once capture a man with singular dedication and optimism, and a developing country beset by an all-too-common set of social, political, and economic realities.