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By Shamira Raphaëla

Country: The Netherlands

Language: Dutch

Production year: 2021

Runtime: 75

Production company: Tangerine Tree, Diplodokus

A larger-than-life feelgood family film for young and old(er) to enjoy. A hot summer and a boy with a thirst for life, juggling the women in his life, grandma, mom, girlfriend.
The Dutch-Caribbean Shabu (14) lives in a block called Paperklip, in a notorious neighborhood of Rotterdam South. He dreams of being a famous musician. In a feel-good documentary, we enter this community through his eyes, vibrant and exuberant, exciting and fun. A colorful loving environment where everyone knows and supports each other.
Shabu needs that support, since he has a big obstacle to overcome this summer; he angered the most import woman in his life; his grandmother. He crashed her car joyriding it while she’s on vacation in Surinam. So, instead of working on his music career he’ll have to pay for the damages done.

With the support of Creative Europe

IDFA 2021 – Best Youth Film

Berlinale 2022 – Generation (Special Mention from the Jury)

Human IDFF 2022

BUFF 2022

CPH:Dox 2022

Hot Docs 2022

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival 2022

Docaviv 2022

Docs Barcelona 2022

Oslo Pix 2022

See the sound 2022

Zlín Film Festival 2022

Documentarist İstanbul Documentary Days 2022

EU – Asia Doc Fest 2022

Jecheon Int’l Music & Film Festival 2022 

MakeDox 2022

EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) 2022

Calgary IFF 2022

Zurich IFF 2022

Buster Film Festival 2022

Seoul International Agape Film Festival 2022

BFI London 2022

Bergen International Film Festival 2022

Vevey International Funny Film Festival 2022

One World Film Festival Slovakia 2022

RIDM 2022


« A 14-year-old kid living in one of Rotterdam’s roughest estates, but blessed with boundless talent, entrepreneurial savvy and a ton of teenage charm. » - Business Doc Europe

« One of the most joyful and endearing documentaries of the past few years... » - International Cinephile Society

« The film is a fresh, vibrant and charming portrait of an equally charming young man. » - Cineuropa

« Through its boisterous main character, Shamira Raphaëla's 'Shabu' represents a break from the clichéd images of Black experience in the West. » - The Film Verdict