Zen Couple in the Western Cape of South Africa
Nine years ago, Heila and Rodney Downey decided to move to the town of Robertson in the Western Cape, where they set up a Zen Dharma Center. Both have had very successful careers. Rodney used to manage a huge South-African store chain. They owned a large house with a swimming pool and drove the latest Mercedes. They had all they could possibly wish for, and yet the question remained: 'Is this all there is in life? 'After attending a Zen retreat, they both decided to change their lives and dedicate themselves to help others. Once a month they teach Zen Buddhist meditation lessons to fifteen inmates at Malmesbury prison. Among others, we follow Unathi, a young black man convicted of murder who is now serving a ten years prison sentence. Through another inmate he comes into contact with Zen Buddhism and Heila and Rodney. We see Unathi's release and follow him on his way to Robertson, where the couple take him in because he's not ready to return to his township yet.