Shabu

  • Shamira Raphaëla
  • Netherlands, Belgium
  • 2021
  • 75 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

Fourteen-year-old Shabu is a good-natured, creative, and street-smart boy from the south of Rotterdam. When he wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, his whole family is angry with him. He has a summer to make amends before his grandmother returns from a vacation in Suriname.

His mother suggests he should sell popsicles to pay for the damage, but that would hardly get him very far. So he comes up with another solution which will allow him to combine moneymaking with his musical talent and the pleasures of a sultry summer. Will he succeed in making his family—and in particular his grandmother—proud of him again?

“I'm a little boy from Peperklip” is how Shabu describes himself, referring to the famous (and infamous) building in the south of Rotterdam where he grew up. The film’s vibrant story and playful editing accentuate the contradictions of teenage life: unpolished when life is tough, and buffed up when it needs to shine. A funny and touching film about a boy who looks bigger than he is, and about taking responsibility for your actions.

Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film

Credits

  • 75 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Dutch
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Shamira Raphaëla
Production
Nienke Korthof / Tangerine Tree, Willem Baptist / Tangerine Tree
Co-production
Maarten Bernearts for Diplodokus, Barbara Dyck for Diplodokus
Cinematography
Jurgen Lisse, Jefrim Rothuizen, Gregg Telussa, Rogier Timmermans
Editing
Lykle Tuinstra, David Verdurme

IDFA history

2021
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

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