Boya Boya

Directors Karen Boswall, Ruba Al Akash
Country/Production Jordan, UK
Release 2014
Length 18 min
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Jordan
Ethnic group Syrian, Jordanian
Language Arabic with English subtitles

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A portrait of Syrian refugee Mohammed, a 12-year-old shoe shine boy, Boya Boya (Shine Shine) looks at the reality of the growing population of urban refugees from a child's point of view. While supporting the women and children of his family, Mohammed still smiles and sings his way through his long working day cleaning shoes around the city of Irbid. With song and laughter, he touches the hearts of his clients, but for how long will he be able to keep finding and creating these moments of joy while carrying the burden of such responsibility and sadness?