In “Divided Island”, Vox Looks At The Complex History Of Two Nations

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share so much — but they’re a world apart. In Divided Island, a vital video documentary, we get to see the history of these two countries and how that history has shaped where we are today.

It’s an important and, at some points, a difficult watch. From colonialization to economics to culture, they trace import influences to try to find out how these neighbours have become so very different.

“Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a border, and an island,” the description explains. “But the two countries are very different today: the Dominican Republic enjoys higher quality of life for many factors than Haiti. I went to this island and visited both countries, to try and understand when and how their paths diverged. And I began to learn how those differences are playing out in the present.”

You can see the whole video here:


“Divided Island” is part of Vox Borders, a new international documentary series from Emmy-nominated videojournalist Johnny Harris. Doing crucial investigation and storytelling — from The Artic and Russia to Morocco and Spain — it’s a series that is definitely worth your time.