Meet Shabu, a 14-year-old Dutch-Surinamese aspiring artist from “The Paperclip,” an innercity apartment complex in one of Rotterdam’s most notorious neighborhoods.

Shabu has big dreams but even bigger problems. He’s just totaled his grandmother’s car and desperately needs to raise some cash before the end of the summer in order to pay her back.

Utilizing his musical talent and street smarts, Shabu concocts a plan to both make the money and make his family proud in this “crowd-pleasing” documentary that culminates in a “rousingly raucous finale” (Screen Daily).

“[Director Shamira Raphaela] paints a picture of a boy balancing on the thin dividing line between childhood and adulthood.” – Film Totaal

A FESTIVAL FAVORITE: The NYC Premier was the opening night film (and Official Selection) for The Socially Relevant Film Festival at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. In addition, Shabu has taken awards and nominations at:

  • WINNER: Best Youth Documentary, IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
  • WINNER: Best Documentary, Golden Calf Award, Nederlands Film Festival
  • NOMINEE: Best Documentary, DocsBarcelona TV3 Award
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: International Film Festival Rotterdam

“Paradoxically universal. Highly Recommended.” – S. Lyons, The Sound View

2021 / 76 minutes / Documentary / Dutch w/English subtitles / A film by Shamira Raphaela


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