PMC produced Zoukoutap (“To Limp”) in Haiti. This 78-episode radio show 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 shows, Zoukoutap and Zoukoutap 2 were created using PMC’s radio show 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 Show
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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