In a remote region of Guinea, a desperately poor place with a long connection to gold, a large industrial gold mine has arrived. This film is an elegiac portrait of the changes brought by the mine, and of the universal human desire for a better life. How do local people respond to the opportunities and economic divisions the mine creates?
The documentary is set in Uzbekistan, a country whose population is being watched by secret services. It tells the story of Achat and Tarsun, childhood friends who grow up together and each build up their own family circus. Both men struggle with the dilemma of the choices they have to make, for themselves, their friendship and their loved ones.
The director, who owns an old-beloved Volkswagen beetle, is about to become a father. His mechanic says the car won't last, his wife complains it's unsuitable for a baby. Yishai begins a "save-the-beetle" journey starting with previous owners, continuing to Jordan and ending with the birth of his first child.
The filmmaker examines modern attitudes towards race in Barking, a white working class town to the East of London. Through the lives of five key characters from different ethnic backgrounds, the director questions prejudices, and pries at preconceptions with remarkable results. The film at times plays like a Mike Leigh comedy, particularly when the filmmaker urges a white resident to meet up with her Nigerian neighbours.