Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and also the industrial centre of the country. Day after day millions of people are engaged in the hardest forms of physical labour – to keep the city and the globalised economy running. The film gives us an insight into the daily lives of a number of men and women: a labourer who together with his colleagues produces 18,000 hand-made bricks every day, says that he sometimes feels like a machine. A woman works twelve hours a day with her baby on her back. A porter believes that people are more efficient than machines – if someone who only weighs 50 kilos can carry a 120-kilogram load.