The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine under the great Ibn Sina. Through countless ordeals and challenges, and making many sacrifices along the way, he struggles on unwaveringly. His unflagging quest for knowledge leads to the blossoming of friendship and true love.
Streetwise hustler Zeki gets out of prison to discover a school has been built on the site where he hid his loot. So he decides to pass himself off as a substitute teacher, but soon he runs across dedicated
trainee teacher Lisi. When she realizes he doesn`t take his job very seriously, she makes sure he gets the problem class assigned that every teacher at the school fears. Using unorthodox but highly effective teaching methods, Zeki manages to get the troublemakers back in line, and then faces the choice of whether to straighten up and fly right himself. It may be his last shot at a respectable life – and the love of his life. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]