A sick man rests during the daytime. Nobody knows why he is sick, and going to the hospital is too expensive and risky because he has no Thai papers. Those without Thai papers face many problems. It's more difficult to get a job, and they are targeted for harassment more easily.
On the banks of a polluted river, in poorly-built houses, live more than a hundred people from the Lahu tribe. They live in a slum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, away from the Lahu people’s original way of life. Usually, the Lahu people get their resources from the forest. The slum has been there for decades.
Despite this harsh reality, they are a civilized and caring community: they share with each other, families help other families, and if there is an important decision to be made, then it is made together.
They learn life the hard way, and every day can be a struggle. It is a life with a visible contrast between care and discipline, where beatings and punishment do occur, but the love and compassion of family members are essential for survival.