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by Michel Fuzellier, Babak Payami


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.

international title: Iqbal, a Tale of a Fearless Child
original title: Iqbal - Bambini senza paura
country: Italy, France
year: 2015
genre: animation
directed by: Michel Fuzellier, Babak Payami
film run: 85'
release date: FR 31/08/2016
screenplay: Michel Fuzellier, Lara Fremder, Babak Payami, Paolo Bonaldi
film editing: Giacomo Manzotti
music: Patrizio Fariselli
producer: Franco Serra, Fulvia Serra, Malika Brahmi, Florent Mounier, Renaud Delourme
production: Gertie, 2D3D Animations
backing: MiBACT, Montparnasse productions, MEDIA program, CNC, UNICEF Italy
distributor: Academy Two, Eurozoom
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