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A struggle against tyranny in a poor country far from the public gaze,
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This review is from: The Agronomist [DVD]  (DVD)
A very good portrait of a brave and principled individual.
A warm man who cared greatly about his fellow citizens and not just himself.
It was a real shame to lose him.
The film also renders an intriguing portrait of the country of Haiti itself.
A very sad country which never seems to get it right, lurching from one dictatorship to another.
Considering that Haiti was the very first Caribbean country to throw off the yoke of colonialist slavery, this seems particularly poignant.
Jean Dominique was a farmer at heart, a man who loved his country and it's troubled people whom he wanted to encourage to 'stand tall' and 'take pride' in their Haitian heritage.
He took on the darker forces that pervade Haiti, eventually paying for having the temerity to do so with his life.
With his wife, Maria Montes, they waged a peaceful campaign to woo the haitian people, establishing a free 'Radio Haiti' celebrating local culture and encouraging openness, but it was not to be.
It is also surprising that whilst the USA pursued it's campaign against Fidel Castro for trying to forge a more egalitarian society just across the sea in Cuba, they colluded with the brutal and repressive regime of 'Papa Doc' and his henchmen in Haiti.
Perhaps most people have never even heard of Jean Domenique ?
Perhaps it is something of a failure of our news media that this is so.
An interesting film.