In the shantytowns of Cape Town, South Africa, the local healthcare system has been stretched to near breaking point by the impact of HIV. But volunteers from both the healthcare profession and the local community, are fighting back and giving hope to ordinary people.
Khurshida Bano and her family live in a slum that is being demolished by the government because of its proximity to a national park. Architect P.K. Das works with the Slum Rehabilitation Authority of Bombay to relocate the slum residents. Will they be able to navigate a bureaucratic system filled with corruption to successfully relocate people like Khurshida?
In post-war Bosnia, Omer Bjelonja and Redjo Seferovic fight different battles, each facing tremendous odds against a government that has respectively taken their homes and jobs. These two men find out first hand how corrupt governments and a lack of transparency can deter any attempted escape from poverty.
The jobs that ex-miners in Minnesota see disappearing to China stand for new opportunities for the young Li Jieli to improve her and her family's living condition. Three people from very different worlds and expectations show how they struggle to maintain their security in a shifting and uncertain global economy.
In developing nations such as Bolivia, lack of capital and restrictions on access to credit affects everyone, from individuals trying to start tiny enterprises in order to support their families, all the way up to large, state-run companies. This film profiles three people who run very different businesses, but who share many of the same problems.
Factors such as government subsidies, overproduction, and even currency exchange rates are steadily depressing the price of cotton worldwide. Ultimately, it is farmers living in places like Mali and Texas who are impacted the most. But can they do anything to change the situation?