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Long before the devastating earthquake reduced the country to rubble, Haiti was a country in shambles. A series of dictatorships dating back to the early 20th century -- some sanctioned by the U.S., some not -- conspired to keep the country poor and the poor without a voice. But just as the country is rising from its remains after last year’s devastation, there was a voice that rose above all of the dictatorships, no matter how many cropped up. Jean Dominique was an agronomist who became a journalist who became a revolutionary shock jock, and, eventually, a symbol of hope for all of Haiti. Despite repeated death threats, twice forced-exile, and a shooting at his station Radio Haiti-Inter while he was on the air, Dominique continued to fight for justice until he was assassinated in 2000. Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and The Manchurian Candidate) documented Dominique’s amazing life and dubious death in the 2003 film The Agronomist. The Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) will screen the film at 2 p.m. on Sunday in conjunction with Bruce Weber’s Haiti/Little Haiti exhibit. Weber became an ardent supporter of all things Haiti after watching the documentary. Admission is $5 for the general public, $3 for students and seniors, and free for members.
Sun., Dec. 19, 2 p.m., 2010

 
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