Originally: Demme’s Haiti Documentary Gets U.S. Release

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Indie banner ThinkFilm has snapped up all North American rights to “The Agronomist,” a documentary about Haitian national hero Jean Dominique, the journalist and freedom fighter who owned and operated Haiti’s only free radio station. Dominique was assassinated in 2000.


The Jonathan Demme-directed film is making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday, and is also slated to make a North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

ThinkFilm is eyeing a 2004 release date for “Agronomist,” 

Demme, who won an Oscar for his work on “The Silence of the Lambs,” previously directed such documentaries as the Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense,” “Swimming to Cambodia” and “Haiti: Dreams of Democracy.” His next film is a remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

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