Young Shabu has an infectious charisma. He sings, dances and plays the drums. He also likes to get into mischief. His grandmother gets angry with him when he takes her car without asking. Shabu is 14 and is forced to pay for his mischief by working during the summer. He lives with his family from Surinam in De Peperklip, a famous suburb of Rotterdam with a vibrant energy. Director Shamira Raphaëla portrays Shabu's world with a fresh and cheerful look, far from the stigmas associated with big city suburbs. Winner of the Young Audience Award at IDFA 2021.
"Through its boisterous main character, Shamira Raphaëla's 'Shabu' represents a break from the clichéd images of Black experience in the West".— Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, The Film Verdict