Screening of Jonathan Demme's Film The Agronomist

Discussion With Demme Will Follow

Fairleigh Dickinson University, in association with the United Nations Association of New York and the Museum of Modern Art, will present a screening of the film The Agronomist by Jonathan Demme (Manchurian Candidate, the Beloved, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) at the Film Institute of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

The film covers the life and work of Jean Dominique, formerly an agronomist in Haiti who became a journalist at Radio Haiti and worked tirelessly to reach out to an exploited population that did not read.

For his social activism, he was murdered on April 3, 2000. Demme interviewed Dominique and his wife Michele Montas many times between their exile in New York in 1980 and Dominique’s assassination. The Agronomist is a vivid portrait of an impassioned hero.

Demme said, “I approached Jean Dominique in 1991 to propose a “portrait documentary” as an excuse to get to know this amazing man I had met only once previously. He was in exile. He was bored. He agreed. We became friends. His life and his vision of a democratic Haiti got swept up in his country’s turmoil over the next ten years this film is a tribute to a great guy and his unfulfilled dreams.”

Demme, who will take questions and participate in the discussion following the screening, will introduce the film. Michele Montas, the widow of Jean Dominique, will join him.

To learn more about this extraordinary film, visit .

Ticket information:

The University’s allotment of complimentary tickets has been exhausted. Faculty, students and staff who wish to be wait-listed should call 201 692 7362.

Film admission information from the Museum of Modern Art:

Film Admission (not including Museum gallery admission)

Adults $10

Seniors $8 (65 and over with ID)

Students $6 (full-time with current ID)

Children Free, but a ticket is required (sixteen and under accompanied by an adult).

Film admission tickets can be purchased in person only.

The price of a film ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket when a film ticket stub is presented at the Lobby Information Desk within thirty days from the date on the stub).

Film and Media programs are shown in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 and 2. Same-day film tickets are available at the lobby information desk. Tickets for weekday films are distributed beginning at 1 p.m. Film tickets are also available at the Film and Media Desk, located through the doors below the piano-shaped canopy, just east of the main MoMA entrance on Fifty-third Street, weekdays beginning at 4 p.m.

Film tickets may be obtained for same-day screenings at no charge by presenting your Museum membership card or your Museum admission ticket stub at the Film and Media Desk.

A limited number of advance tickets are available, no more than one week in advance of a film, to Museum members for a 50¢ service fee and to the general public for the film ticket price plus an additional $1.50 service fee.

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