15:30, Friday 19th June, Cinema 2


Director/Anthropologist: Karen Boswall, Ruba Al Akash
Year of Release:  2014
Duration: 18 mins
Country of Production: Jordan/UK
Location: Irbid, Jordan
Ethnic Group: Syrian and Jordanian people
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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 the point of view of a child. 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 Jordanian city of Irbid. Through 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?

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