Shamira Raphaëla
Shabu
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Shabu

Shabu

Shamira Raphaëla

2021
75 min.
Netherlands
Dutch
Subtitles: Catalan and English

Shabu is a 14-year-old with an infectious charisma. He sings, dances and plays the drums. He lives in De Peperklip, a famous suburb of Rotterdam with vibrant energy.

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Show
Direction
Shamira Raphaëla
Music Composer
Michael Varenkamp
Editor
David Verdume
Director of photography
Jurgen Lisse
Synopsis

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.

About the direction
Shamira Raphaëla

Shamira Raphaëla

Director

Shamira Raphaëla (1982) is bi-racial director, with a Dutch mother and a father from Curacao, she gr...

Awards and festivals

IDFA
Amsterdam, 2021
IFFR Rotterdam
Rotterdam, 2022
CPH:DOX
Copenhague, 2022
Shamira Raphaëla
Shabu
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Reviews

"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
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