A Different Country


A Different Country is a character-driven documentary series that follows five children from Johannesburg, South Africa as they embark on a year’s exchange programme at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, UK. The children are drawn from the Dominican Convent School in downtown Johannesburg – Thabile is an orphan; Dibaba, a refugee from the DRC; Lungelo lives in an informal settlement with no electricity; Thabo is from a single parent household in Soweto and Malemo, from an emerging middle class. In a country whose education system is in crisis, the Dominican Convent School is providing much needed skills for those who would otherwise not receive a quality education.

We follow the five successful applicants during their year at Stowe School and find out what they learn while overseas. We meet their guardian families and their families back home in South Africa. We see how they change over the course of the year and hear them tell us what they have taken from the programme once back in the country for good.

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