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Free screening of 'The Agronomist' April 16

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program will present a one-time only, free screening of Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist" at 1 p.m. April 16 in the Michigan Theater.

The latest feature film from Academy-Award winning filmmaker Demme, it tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist and freedom fighter Jean L. Dominique. As owner and operator of his nation's oldest and only free radio station, Dominique frequently was at odds with his country's various repressive governments and spent much of the 1980s and early 90s in exile in New York.

Dominique's still-unsolved assassination in April 2000 gave Demme the impetus to assemble more than a decade's worth of material into a celebration of his legacy.

The screening will include an introduction and brief comments by Caribbean specialist, Professor Laurent Dubois from Michigan State University, and a question-and-answer session with the film's executive producer, Daniel Wolff. Associate Professor of history Richard Turits, also a Caribbean specialist, will chair the event.

For more information, contact bmartins@umich.edu.

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