Jonathan Demme portrait the life of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, told through historical footage of Haiti. Leopold Dominique, a Haitian radio personality and popular advocate of the poor who, aged 70, was gunned down by persons unknown as he arrived for work at Radio Haiti on the morning of April 3rd, 2000. It includes: historical footage of Haiti’s vivid and tumultuous past. This is a well made and emotionally engaging documentary, and a superb film that looks about the social struggles of one of the poorest countries in the world.

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The Agronomist_The Life and Work of Jean Dominique (2003)


[From The UN Chronicle ] […]The Agronomist represents a labour of love for Mr. Demme, who first met and filmed the late journalist in 1987.

As owner and operator of his nation’s only free radio station, Mr. Dominique had been frequently at odds with Haiti’s various repressive regimes and spent much of the 1990s in exile in New York City, where Mr. Demme continued to film him over the years.

Watching the documentary, one learns of key events in Haiti’s history; Mr. Dominique’s life and Haitian history itself appear to be very much intertwined. [ read more here]

Link: The Agronomist_The Life and Work of Jean Dominique (2003)