The Agronomist
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A profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique, which weaves: historical footage of Haiti's vivid and tumultuous past; interviews with Dominique, himself and with Michele Montas--his heroic wife, life-long love, and extraordinary partner; and incorporates footage shot before Dominique's assassination on April 3, 2000.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Free speech isn't merely a shibboleth in The Agronomist. As embodied by Dominique, it's a fire-breathing force."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It tells instead of shows for the most part, and the telling isn't as effective as it should be."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An fine film, touching if not exceptional."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"His story makes us feel for the Haitian people and appreciate the glorious right of a free press."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Demme... captures Dominique's energy and hunger for human rights, sometimes by doing nothing more than locking down the camera and letting the guy talk."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A lively, illuminating homage to an extraordinary man of courage, whose cry for his beloved country got him killed."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"A portrait of an optimist in a time of despair."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"... best read as a eulogy for a genuine hero, a natty, erudite little guy with a funny accent and a perceptible joy of life."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Demme does not seek justice. He has done something greater in making Dominique immortal."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Once again, Hollywood's big-budget blockbusters are overshadowed by a small but infinitely more moving piece of expert non-fiction filmmaking."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Demme's emotionally engaging salute to his fallen friend is a personal labor of love with relevance for anyone concerned with the history of our hemisphere. Or its future."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"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
"The mark of an effective documentary feature is its ability to work on more than one level. And by those standards at least, The Agronomist is very effective."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An interesting story about a fascinating man and his struggling nation."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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