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Iqbal, a Tale of a Fearless Child

by Michel Fuzellier, Babak Payami

Iqbal, a Tale of a Fearless Child

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The film is inspired, like the novel, by the true story of Iqbal Masih: he is sold for 16 dollars to a rug merchant and moneylender in Lahore, Pakistan. We have set the movie in Pandar, an imaginary metropolis built on the shores of an imaginary country in Southern Asia. Iqbal is a 10-year-old good, talented boy both in artistic skills and in personality. But thanks to his ability as a weaver Iqbal has been sold again for an exorbitant amount, more than 100 dollars, to another exploiter. He comes to understand that his debt, instead of diminishing, only increases. And also that debt will never, ever be paid off. His presence between the other little slaves in the rug factory provokes a collective consciousness among the children.

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