Johan van der Keuken was planning to make a full-length documentary under the title For the Time Being. But one sunny day in January 2001, he died. What he left in the editing room were more than nine minutes of film, that he had edited in November 2000 with Menno Boerema, as part one of the incomplete film. In this part, Van der Keuken makes small portraits of his friends and of people he got to know on his journeys.
In October 1998, the celebrated filmmaker Johan van der Keuken heard that cancer had taken hold of his body,leaving him with only a few years to live.This news acted as the catalyst for him and his wife to make a final long trip aboard.He visits meditating monks in Bhutan, and in Brazil he wanders through the slums in Brazil.The film is a road movie, replete with his musings on life and his work. Johan van der Keuken regard it as a chronicle of his own view of the world, made more urgent by his impending mortality.