Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance
Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance, both an exhibit and immersive audio experience, coincides with the Duke Performances premiere of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever and the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of station director Jean Dominique.
The exhibit tells the story of how Radio Haïti-Inter persevered in the face of government repression during dictatorship, military rule, and the democratic era. Under the leadership of Jean Dominique and Miche¿le Montas, Radio Haiti was a voice of social change and democracy, speaking out against oppression and impunity while advocating for human rights and celebrating Haitian culture and heritage. Dominique was assassinated on April 3, 2000 amid a climate of mounting violence against Haiti's free press.
Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance includes photographs and historical objects from the Radio Haiti Collection in the Human Rights Archive of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In a setting evoking a 1980s home in Port-au-Prince, visitors can listen to audio clips of Radio Haiti programming, station jingles, and ambient sounds recorded in Haiti. The original soundboard from the station will be on view along with a microphone and field recorder. Reproductions of photographs, written texts and on-air notes explain the history of Radio Haiti and some of the major events the station covered.