Zoukoutap 2


PMC produced Zoukoutap 2 (“To Limp”) in Haiti. The 156-episode radio show aired from May 2015 to June 2016 in Haitian Creole, a language spoken by over 90 percent of Haitians.

Zoukoutap 2 followed its hugely popular predecessor, Zoukoutap 1, with 156 episodes–double the number of the original series. The sequel reinforced the health and human rights themes that were introduced in the inaugural season, devoting particular attention to restavek, an exploitative child labor structure.

Like the first season, Zoukoutap 2 aired on more than 40 radio stations across Haiti, and additionally was featured on Radio Mega, a station based out of Miami, Florida. It is also available to listen to online at: www.soundcloud.com/zoukoutapofficiel. While Zoukoutap 2 presents a new unique storyline and a new set of issues addressed, the production team was able to harness the popularity and acclaim of the original Zoukoutap series by reprising the show’s name, theme music, and a few of the same characters.

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Making a Difference

PMC used qualitative in-person surveys to evaluate the impact of Zoukoutap II. This involved focus groups of men and women from both rural and urban areas answering questions about how Zoukoutap II impacted their lives. Focus groups allow PMC to gather rich narrative information from participants through a discussion about the show and issues it addresses.

When asked “what do you listen to on the radio and why?” the third most common answer was Zoukoutap II.

When asked questions about what grabbed their attention when listening to Zoukoutap II, participants overwhelmingly responded that they felt it closely reflected the hidden truths of their country and reflected their reality. A participant stated “What grabs my attention […] it’s the reality it shows, it opens my eyes to what’s going on in my country. When I listened to Zoukoutap it showed me a reality I never knew or cared about in Haiti, which is Ti Anklin’s situation of the restavek.”  The Restavek system in Haiti, a form of indentured child labor that equates to child slavery, was one of the primary issues addressed in Zoukoutap II.

When asked what they liked most about Zoukoutap II, participants stated that they related to the shows characters and learned from their experiences and situations. Many participants stated that the scenes or storylines that upset them, were also the ones they enjoyed the most because they cared about the characters or issues presented. One man from a rural region stated “If they affect us, it’s because we see ourselves within them. They fill us up, they enter our blood, that’s why they are the ones we like the most.”

Participants took away three general messages from the show, the first being the positive actions that Zoukoutap II demonstrates, such as child welfare, family planning, and sexual health. The second was having greater awareness about issues in Haiti that they hadn’t known about previously, such as child slavery. The third was an understanding that they could be agents of change in their own lives and the lives of others.

Project Information

Title: Zoukoutap 2 (“To Limp”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Haiti
Language: Haitian Creole
Duration: May 2015 – June 2016

Administrative Staff:
Country Representative: Christina Guérin

Creative Staff:
Producers: Christina Guérin, Michel Vallon
Actors coach: Pinas Alcera
Studio Technician: Michel Vallon, Browns Louis-Charles
Head Writer: Caroline Louis
Writers: Charles Raphael Francillon, Joel Fanfan, Martine Fidèle, Joeanne Joseph.
Actors: Fen Josil, Madeline Pierre, Kathiana Milfort, Loudy Mezima, Mideline Richardson, Mitchella Larochelle, Martine Fidèle, Richard Vieux, Pinas Alcera, Cynthia Jean-Louis, Krystelle Tropnas, Emmanuel Didis, Jasmine Augustin, Claude Junior Cangé, Thaliana Lindor, Marie-Christophe Vallon, Dickens Princivil, Dieula Alexandre, Mackenson Brutus, Yvenie Paul, Louis Valdano, Samantha Normil, and over 20 secondary actors.

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Eventually, Bob leaves for good, abandoning his brother’s house, where he, Chantale, and their three children lived. He takes to the streets, where his bad judgment and morally bankrupt father get him into trouble. In time, Bob comes to his senses and sees the error of his ways. From thereon, he begins to turn his life around, using Carl-Henry as a model of upstanding behavior. Bob eventually finds employment and enters into a relationship with a woman named Gaelle. In his new frame of mind, recognizing the value of family planning, he and Gaelle decide not to have any children, enabling him to become a better parent and a steadier financial provider.

Stephanie's Story

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Shunned by friends and cast out by Monica, Stephanie suddenly finds herself alone in the world—until her cousin, Jerry, comes along and brings her back from the brink of ruin. Jerry, a young medical student, helps Stephanie through her pregnancy, counseling her on safe sexual behavior and proper prenatal care. Thanks to Jerry’s sage advice, Stephanie feels more confident and empowered than ever. Despite pressure from both families, Stephanie—now the mother of a young boy—refuses to marry Jonathan. She instead gets her life back on track by taking charge of her sexual health and returning to school, where she begins to carve out a bright future for herself.

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