20 Most Essential Jonathan Demme Movies

From serial-killer thrillers to 'Stop Making Sense,' mob comedies to a feature-length monologue – the Demme films you need to see ASAP

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'The Agronomist' (2003)

Demme's interest in Haitian culture dates back to his Something Wild days, so it's not surprising that he'd devote an entire documentary to Jean Dominique, who ran the independent Radio Haiti-Inter. He used the airwaves to stand up to the powerful and the nation's oppressors, and was assassinated for standing up for human rights; using archival footage and original interviews, the director fills in the man's backstory and offers a much-needed history lesson about the country's political turmoil. It's as much a piece of protest art as it is a portrait. DF

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