A gold mine at Perko, Burkina Faso. Opio is thirteen years old and works on the surface, his only salary a sack of stones every month. His father wants him to get some professional training, but he cannot pay the tuition fees. Opio must come up with this money and asks his boss for a promotion: the right to go down into the subterranean mine shafts where, it is said, men can become rich.
Simon Panay (Mâcon, France, 1993) made his first fiction short film Drôle de Guerre at 19 and received more than 50 official selections, 15 awards, and two TV screenings (Eurochannel and Shorts TV). In 2012 he shot his first documentary film in Africa, Tontines, une affaire de femmes (52min), and filmed his second documentary in 2014, Waiting for the (t)rain. This film got more than 85 official selections all over the world, and 17 awards.