Netherlands 2021, 75 min, Dutch, Hebrew & English subtitles

Shabu dreams of becoming a superstar. Music gets his heart, mind, and body going, and so Shabu drums and sings and dances wherever he goes: out on the street, in public parks, and in the hallways of the rough public housing complex in Rotterdam, where he lives. Shabu is 14, and his family expects him to grow up: stop goofing around, take responsibility, stop daydreaming and start being more practical. Shabu also needs to earn money to pay back his grandmother for wrecking her car in circumstances he would rather forget. This gentle and intimate coming-of-age film follows the smiling, curious, adventurous, and creative boy as he copes with love and heartbreak, gets to know the traditions his family brought from the Caribbean, and finds inner strength he never knew he had.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Rotterdam, Berlinale

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 27.05 | 20:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Sat 04.06 | 14:30 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Shamira Raphaëla (1982) is a bi-racial director, with a Dutch mother and a father from Curacao, she herself grew up in Aruba. After completing her high school in the Caribbean, she moved to the Netherlands where she received her bachelor degree in Audiovisual-arts at the Artez academy of Art & Design in 2006. She is currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Her debut documentary ‘Deal With It’ was a raw personal film about destructive family patterns and unconditional love, that won multiple small international awards in 2015.
In addition to making films, Shamira is a board member of the Dutch academy of film, short film programmer at IFFR and launched framing of us, together with Tessa Boermans at Idfa 2020, aiming to decolonize the documentary industry.

Production: Nienke Korthof
Production Company: Tangerine Tree
Editing: David Verdume, Lykle Tuinstra
Cinematography: Jurgen Lisse
Music: Michael Varenkamp

Source: Reservoir Docs