The Agronomist (2003) by Jonathan Demme
Thursday, January 6
305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs
This riveting documentary profiles the life of radio journalist and human rights activist Jean Dominique, who established Haiti's first independent radio station, Radio Haiti-Inter, with his wife, journalist Michele Montas, and managed its survival during multiple regimes. Frequently disagreeing with his country’s repressive governments, Dominique spent time in the 1980s and early 90s in exile in New York, where well-known narrative filmmaker Jonathan Demme first interviewed him in 1986. Dominique is a stunning, engaging interviewee, and the film weaves historical footage with than a decade of interview material on the critical nature of independent media and especially the importance of accessible radio, along with the shifting political situations in Haiti. Dominique, a national hero, was assassinated in 2000.
About CONTRADICTIONS Film Workshop Screenings at Nonstop
November 2010-January 2011
CONTRADICTIONS, an international film series, has featured 5 critically acclaimed and rarely screened films produced from 1959-2006. The series includes both narratives and documentaries, and most of these projects represent radical departures from conventional filmmaking in chronicling contemporary social crises. The films in this series will be presented by Bob Devine and Chris Hill, who are both media scholars, educators, and independent producers. Background materials about the films will be provided, and audiences are encouraged to participate in discussions following the films. The next film in this series will be The Prisoners of Katrina, a BBC documentary by Nick Read shot a year after the disastrous hurricane that examines the story, under-reported in the U.S., of the travails of the inmates of the New Orleans Parish Prison, both during the flooding and then as they were “lost” to the system in the bureaucratic chaos that followed. Previously screened films in this series by Italian Gillo Pontecorvo were informed by the anti-colonial struggles of the 1960s—Algeria, and the 19th century Caribbean as an allegory for Vietnam; and the de-humanization of prison—a WW2 concentration camp. People are welcome to attend any individual screenings or the entire series. Cost is donation (pay-as-you-can).
Next screening in this series:—Prisoners of Katrina (2006, 60 min) by Nick Read (Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 7 PM)