An 80-year-old barber who earns $7.00/day on a good day in Larkana, Pakistan, would be just like anyone else in his village except that, every morning at sunrise, rain or shine, he gets on his bicycle and rides through town ringing a brass bell and calling out to children to follow him through the streets. The barber is rounding up all the homeless children in hopes of learning where they came from and finding someone to take them in.
Haji Anwar Khokar was the former barber for Pakistan’s President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He fell out of favor with the government when former President Bhutto was deposed and executed in 1979. Now he barely hangs on, but dedicates himself to his religious beliefs and forsakes everything to give the children food, housing and a bed, with no questions asked. Most children eventually open up to him about escape from the Taliban or child labor or child bride offers. He has helped more than 8,000 lost of kidnapped children in his region of Pakistan.
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Director Kheshgi returns to Pakistan in the Fall of 2015 for another shoot. Julie Goldman has joined the film as a consulting producer.
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