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The Agronomist Review


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The Agronomist, a documentary from director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), works for the same reason his previous non-fiction cinema (Stop Making Sense, Cousin Bobby) does. He picks an interesting subject, and then steps out of the way. Here he profiles the inimitable voice of Radio Haiti Inter, Jean Dominique.

In 1968, native Haitian Dominique bought Radio Haiti Inter and turned it into the one source of information unfiltered by the government. He broadcast his anti-establishment message in Creole, unprecedented in his country as all other stations catered to the wealthy by speaking French. This demonstrated his mandate to use the station to "serve the people" by being a consistent voice for democracy.

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The Agronomist Review


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Like Gus Van Sant and Steven Soderbergh, director Jonathan Demme has managed to keep a fascinating indie presence while dabbling in mainstream filmmaking.

One gets the impression that Demme loves working with the "A"-list actors and big budgets that pictures like "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Truth About Charlie" and the upcoming "The Manchurian Candidate" afford him. But when he goes to sleep at night, he must be proudest of his "little" films: "Stop Making Sense," "Swimming to Cambodia," "Cousin Bobby," "Storefront Hitchcock" and his extraordinary new film "The Agronomist."

Though Demme approached the film's subject, Jean Dominique, with the same curiosity and enthusiasm he had for his other "performers," (Spalding Gray, Robyn Hitchcock, etc.) "The Agronomist" unexpectedly turns out to be a much more compelling and urgent film than anything else Demme has done.

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