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Growing up in "the Paperclip," a social housing complex in south Rotterdam, Shabu is a big-talking 14-year-old musician who brags about imminent fame and struts around the neighbourhood like he's starring in a music video. He is rehearsing for stardom. But to his Dutch-Surinamese family, he's Sharonio and he's messing up right, left and centre. He's not listening to his mom, he's got girlfriend problems and he's totalled grandma's car. Can he turn his boasts into bucks and repair the damage done to the most important relationships in his life? From popsicle schemes to block parties, Shabu learns to translate his smooth talk into action and balance responsibility with fun, fantasy with reality. A feel-good family film that vibrates with exuberant style, Shabu is an attention-grabbing journey of expansion, as a boy becomes a man before our very eyes. When Shabu admits to not being as big as he seems, he becomes bigger, a bigger man with bigger dreams connected to his community and culture. Angie Driscoll


  • Director(s)

    • Shamira Raphae¨la
  • Producer(s)

    • Nienke Korthof
  • Line Producer

    • Kiyomi Molin
  • Editor(s)

    • David Verdurme
  • Cinematography

    • Jurgen Lisse
    • Gregg Telussa
    • Aziz Al-Dilaimi
  • Composer

    • Michael Varenkamp
  • Sound

    • Ibrahim

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