Documentaries from Oliver Stone and Jonathan Demme this month

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of two documentaries from Hollywood heavyweights Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon, Nixon) and Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) for 28th June 2004 with a retail price of £19.99 each. Comandante and The Agronomist are fascinating and intimate portraits of two extraordinary individuals, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Haitian civil rights activist Jean Dominique.

Legendary director Oliver Stone turns to an entirely different genre of film in this intimate and controversial portrait of iconic Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a man who has spent more than half a century on the international stage. This unmissable documentary provides an illuminating insight into one of the world's most notorious leaders, who at times exists as little more than a beard, cigar and army fatigues. Yet he has remained one of the biggest thorns in the side of the US administration and its persistent antagonist.

From three days filming in Cuba, Stone edited down more than 30 hours of interviews and conversations to provide a candid and direct portrait of the leader. Fidel Castro touches on issues such as his rise to power, the present state of the country, the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the US embargo, the equally iconic Che Guevara, Chaplin and Brigitte Bardot. Stone, co participant in the film as interviewer, shares the risk with Castro of being in the camera eye, creating an intimacy that allows for unique responses from the Cuban leader that would never otherwise have been possible.

Presented in 4:3 Full Screen with DD2.0 Stereo audio Comandante features an exclusive commentary by the director Oliver Stone, as well as the press conference from the 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival.

The Agronomist, directed by Jonathan Demme, is a fascinating documentary about the inspiring work of Jean Dominique, whose Radio Haiti was celebrated in his native land and provided a much needed democratic voice for the Haitian people during an oppressive and violent political climate. Cut together from over fifteen years of footage, The Agronomist records the turbulent times of Radio Haiti and Jean Dominique himself who was forced into exile twice during his life. Combining newsreel footage and interviews with the charismatic Dominique and his journalist wife Michele Montas, The Agronomist charts the troubled history of Haiti and provides a moving and timely insight into Dominique's compassion and tireless campaign for truth and liberty.

Presented in 4:3 Full Screen with DD2.0 Stereo audio The Agronomist features no bonus material.





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