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Shabu Shamira Raphaëla

Shabu, a Dutch teenager, lives with his family, originally from Suriname, in a buzzing immigrant community on the outskirts of Rotterdam. This film is an affectionate and dynamic portrayal of a young man with a bright personality and a big smile. After wrecking his grandmother’s car, he works several small jobs to pay off his debts. But Shabu is a dreamer, and since none of these jobs are compatible with his eloquent personality, he clings to his passion for music to fulfill his dreams. Aruban-Dutch filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla delivers a captivating, lively, coming-of-age tale steeped in vibrant summer hues.
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Shabu

  • Country : Netherlands
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Dutch
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 75 MIN
  • Cinematography : Rogier Timmermans
  • Editing : David Verdurme
  • Editing : Likle Tuinstra
  • Production : Nienke Korthof
  • Production : Willem Baptist
  • Music : Michael Varekamp
  • Sound Design : Regard Ibrahim
Filmography of Shamira Raphaëla :

Deal with it (2014)
Lenno & de Maanvis (2017)
Ons Moederland (2019)

The film’s journey :

International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam | World Premiere, Best Youth Film Award

Berlinale | Generation (Special Mention from the Jury)

Human IDFF | Official Selection

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