Zoukoutap

Haiti

PMC produced Zoukoutap (“To Limp”) in Haiti. This 78-episode radio serial drama aired September 2013 through July 2014 and rebroadcast from September 2014 through March 2015 in Creole, a language spoken by over 90% of Haitians.

Although Zoukoutap means “to limp,” it is also the noise made by limping, like the scuffing on the ground. The theme song ends with a phrase that translates into, “we’re zoukoutap(ing) until we walk straight.” Zoukoutap aired 78 episodes twice per week in 2013-2014 on two radio stations in Haiti: Radio One and Radio Nationale, then was rebroadcast in 2014-2015 nationwide on over 40 stations, including Radio Caraibes, one of the most popular stations in the country.

Due to popular demand, a sequel program, Zoukoutap 2, launched in May 2015 over the same nationwide array of 40+ radio stations, as well as on Radio Mega in Miami, Florida and is available to listen to online at: www.soundcloud.com/zoukoutapofficiel. While Zoukoutap 2 presented a new unique storyline and 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.

As with all PMC radio serial dramas, Zoukoutap and Zoukoutap 2 were created using PMC’s serial drama methodology.

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Making a Difference

Endline research to assess the impact of the original Zoukoutap broadcast found that an estimated 100,000 Haitians tuned in each week to the drama, resulting to a cost per regular listener (at least once per week) of $4.50 US.

After a nationwide rebroadcast of Zoukoutap 1, an endline evaluation survey of males (ages 15-59) and females (ages 15-49) in Haiti estimated that 1.5 million Haitians had heard of Zoukoutap, 700,000 listened to one or more episodes, and 450,000 were regular weekly listeners.

Project Information

Title: Zoukoutap (“To Limp”)
Format: Radio Serial Drama
Location: Haiti
Language: Haitian Creole
Duration: September 20, 2013 – July 2014

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PMC In-Country Team:

The program in Haiti does not follow our typical in-country team construction because we partnered with an in-country production studio, Bloom Production, overseen by Christina Guérin. Read more about how this program got started.

Producer/Scriptwriter: Christina Guérin
Writers: Jean Samuel André, Sherley Hilaire, Charles Raphael Francillon, Caroline Louis
Actors: Louis Valdano, Samantha Normil, Richard Vieux, Jean Samuel Andre, France Medeley Guillou, Vanessa Excellent, Adeline Bien-Aime, Brunette Mainsour, Jean Sionel Dorcely, Jean Rolando Simbert, Pinas Alcera, Cynthia Jean Louis, Marie Wonglere, Jenny Cadet, Johnson Hilaire, Marie Maud Duclair

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Storylines


Pasteur Jonas’ Story

Pasteur Jonas has to move to rural Dokon after a scandal caused by the pregnancy of his teenage daughter. Pasteur Jonas founds an orphanage in Dokon and asks his friend, Barthelemy, to manage it. Barthelemy begins using the orphanage to traffic children in order to make money. Pasteur Jonas’ wife volunteers at the orphanage, and she slowly begins to suspect Barthelemy’s illegal activities by noticing that some of the orphanage’s children are “missing.” She brings this to the attention of her husband, who tries to close his eyes to the matter. Hidden behind the Sunday services, prayer meetings of the week, and agricultural activities – there is a web of child trafficking. With the help of his wife, Pastor Jonas eventually discovers the truth about Barthelemy.

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Mme. Paul’s Story

Mme. Paul is lonely. She’s a beautician at her own salon. Her daughter, Melissa, is studying psychology in a private school and has a fiancé. Mme. Paul’s best friend, Gina, suggests that she adopt a young girl, Tida. However, Tida ends up taking the brunt of Mme. Paul’s disappointment with life. She suffers both verbal, and soon physical, abuse at the hands Mme. Paul and her cruel friend Gina. Mme. Paul’s daughter, Melissa, is Tida’s only friend and ally. The abuse against Tida escalates until Melissa confronts her mother with an ultimatum: either change your ways or you will never see me (or Tida) again. Mme. Paul vows to change her ways and help Tida find her parents – even though everyone has said that they are long dead.


Fanfan’s story

Fanfan, a coffee farmer and sheep rancher, lives with his wife Tilala and their two daughters at his mother’s house. Fanfan is frustrated that he doesn’t have a son – he is the only member of the local farmer’s association without a son. His mother also wishes for a male grandchild. Tilala miscarried during her last pregnancy because of health problems, but Fanfan insists that she get pregnant again. Tilala gets pregnant, but she is anemic, nutritionally insecure, and weak from working too hard. She gives birth to a boy, who dies a few minutes after birth in the arms of his father. Fanfan’s mother encourages him to find another woman to give him a son, which he does, but keeping the new woman is expensive. Fanfan, exhausted and sick, then loses his flock of sheep due to drought. He has trouble meeting the needs of his family. With advice from a local doctor, Fanfan decides to give up the other woman. Fanfan begins to think about the future of his daughters and realizes some of the benefits of family planning.


Jerry’s Story

Jerry is 20 years old and has plans to study medicine in Pointe-Sucre. He is trying to break off his love affair with Estelle, his beautiful high school girlfriend, so that he can leave. Estelle does not want to let him get away. She moves to Pointe-Sucre with him and gets pregnant from one of the tourists at the bar. She tries to convince Jerry that the baby is his. Jerry is drawn to Natasha, a studious and strong-willed girl. Natasha is also a medical student, who feels that abstinence is a choice – and one that she intends to keep until she is married. Jerry must overcome his relationship with Estelle and make choices to be respected and loved by Natasha.

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