Boya Boya (Shine Shine)


2014 / 18 minutes

Directed by
Karen Boswall Ruba Al Akash
Country of production
United Kingdom Jordan

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?

Language and subtitles
Arabic with English Subtitles
Middle and Near East
Children / Young people Refugees / Displaced populations Labour