Iqbal (1998)

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Lucky Dias ...
Trelicia Gunawardena ...
Imran's wife
Veena Jayakody ...
Signora Maruf
Rajindra Jayasinghe ...
Iqbal (12 ans)
Ravindra Randeniya ...
Mohamed Rizlan ...
Iqbal Piccolo
Prageeth Sanjeeva ...
Iranganie Serasinghe ...
Yashoda Wimaladharma ...


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22 December 1998 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Iqbal - Non à l'esclavage des enfants  »

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Good subject, average movie
14 October 2002 | by (Leonberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Iqbal is about an Asian boy who gets sold by his father to a small carpentry production company in which child labour is supported. His "master" is a cruel man, imposing a ridiculous behaviour catalogue with strict charges. The children, about 5-10 years of age, have to work all day and they´re not allowed to go to toilet while at work, let alone visit their parents. Iqbal soon realizes that this is a massive injustice, especially when a member of the (unindentified) country´s Communist and Anti-child labour party takes photographs of the children. Iqbal manages to escape a few times and gets sold to another master as a consequence. However, he improves his working skills and gets a reputation as a hard-working rebel.

The movie Iqbal is a well made movie with a very important subject: Child labour in Third World countries. The acting -especially the child actors- is amazing but the plot isn´t as strong. Sometimes the dialogue lines are too cliché-like and a kind of simple. The movie is loosely based on a true story, but I guess there are a lot of other Iqbals in the world right now, fighting for Human Rights. I recommend the book No Logo by Naomi Klein on the subject.

Important subject, well-made but not really amazing movie.

7 out of 10 points.

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