This is a story of a 17-year-old boy named Hari Rai, who lives in a small village in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, and his extraordinary journey. Hari is a student, but he also works as a porter to pay for his tuition and cover his living expenses. Now he has landed a job carrying a huge red refrigerator from the top of the mountain to the nearest town. We follow Hari Rai on his journey through the fascinating Himalayan landscapes, we discover Hari's inner life, his thoughts, hopes and dreams and we also get to know the culture and the local people's way of life in this region. We learn about their relation with the most important aspects of their lives: family, nature and religion.
Nine-year-old Punam Tamang's voice transports us to the Nepali city of Bhaktapuru. We are presented with a stark description of this young girl's hard life and the dismal social conditions in which she lives. Punam's mother died when Punam was only five. She is left behind with her father, her newborn sister Rabina, and her two-year-old brother Krishna. Her father works from sunrise to sundown in a rice factory, so during the day Punam assumes her role as head of the family, caregiver, and homemaker. The film takes us into the lives of Punam's friends, who have to work in a quarry or brick-making factory to help their families get by. It also takes a peek into the poor five-grade school, which is a symbol of hope for Punam. She believes that education is the only opportunity for improving their situation; education will usher in progress by bringing about new job opportunities in better conditions. We look at the world through the eyes of this young Asian girl, who dreams of becoming a teacher and helping other children in situations like hers.