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Producer: Voltage TV and Motion Content Group
Genres: Factual
People: Voltage TV and Motion Content Group
The Tribe Next Door


4 x 60’

In a ground-breaking new series, Googlebox star Scarlett Moffatt and her family are moved from the UK and transplanted into a replica of their terraced family home in the middle of a Namibian tribal village. Their home is complete with running water, electricity, and all their possessions and mod cons – from hair straighteners to metal detectors, iPhones to frozen ready-meals, and of course, the all-important family television.

The Moffatts join a small village of semi-nomadic Himba cattle-herders, who live largely traditional lives. Striking differences quickly emerge. Exploring the terraced house for the first time, the tribe members have strong reactions to everything from biscuits to the microwave; the bedrooms to the stairs that led up to them; and even the hallway mirror: “who is that?” says one young Himba mum, who has never seen her own reflection before.

Through this reverse anthropological exchange, the Moffatts face questions and judgments from their hosts, and are forced to reconsider their own assumptions and way of life. Beauty and body image, the wealth gap, social media, sex and infidelity, consumption and waste, and the roles of men and women – all come under the microscope in this funny, poignant and life-affirming series.

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