The coming-of-age drama is inspired by true events. In 2006, one hundred and sixty infants were infected with HIV as a result of tainted blood transfusions, administered in four public hospitals in Shymkent, South Kazakistan. The infections peeled back the curtain on a public health-care system that was corruption-ridden, and in which disposable syringes were reused, and blood sold for personal profit. In the film, two teenagers, Zhanna and Ardak, face transfusion-related illness: Zhanna comes from a wealthy family and has access to the most expensive and effective treatments, Ardak is an orphan and lives in a center for HIV-positive young people. Together they dream of leaving the country and going to Paris, but to realize their project, they have to find the necessary money. The plan is to steal a prized and very rare Balaban falcon. The movie was shot on location in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, which is known for its dramatic mountains and vast nomadic steppe.