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Shouf Shouf Habibi

Shouf Shouf Habibi!

Project information

Talent Joram Willink
Role of participant Producer
Director Albert ter Heerdt
Producer Joram Willink, Rene Huybrechtse, Frank Bak
Screenwriter Albert ter Heerdt
Status finished

Production details

Running time 92 min
Genre Comedy
Year of production 2004
Country of Production Netherlands
Production Company
Theorema Films

still / picture for Shouf Shouf Habibi
still / picture for Shouf Shouf Habibi
still / picture for Shouf Shouf Habibi


SHOUF SHOUF HABIBI! is a comedy about the friends and relatives around Ab (20), a Moroccan kid born in Holland. Ab has great dreams, from being an Arab actor in future Hollywood films from the 'post September 11 era' or a respectable office clerk to bankrobber and ritual chicken butcher.

The film is a comedy thanks to the startling turns in the story, the high-spirited dialogue, the vitality of the characters, the sparkling tone and the tight plot. But there is more. It is also a serious film about cultural differences, tradition and change, about fighting spirit and deceit, acceptance and rejection, love and hate. Ab's parents have lost contact with their children and fight out their own war among themselves. His younger sister tries to find her way in the often fleeting temptations of the Western world while his eldest brother seems the perfect example of integration as a policeman. Confrontations between them and Ab are inevitable.

SHOUF SHOUF HABIBI! is a universal story of dreamers looking for themselves, people searching for an identity in a complex world. Against the background of life in a slum area of a big city this provides comic, hilarious and also painful, tender and harsh moments.

Participation in international festivals / awards

Berlin, Germany, Louvain, Belgium, Festroia, Portugal, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Jerusalem, Brisbane, Australia, Sale, Morocco,Reykjavik, Iceland, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vancouver, Canada, Tbilisi, Georgia, Chicago, U.S.A., Norrköping, Sweden, Bangkok, Thailand, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Montecarlo, Monac, Nove, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1st Eur. Screenplay Fest. Strasbourg, France, Hückelhoven, Germany, Tallinn, Estonia, Black Nights Fest. Int. Film Festival of India, Goa, Budapest, Hungary, European Film Weeks Morocco, Dubai, UAE 6-11 Dec, Perpignan, France, Canberra, Australia, Cairo, Egypt, EU-filmfestival, Adelaide, Australia, Montevideo, Uruguay, Prague, Czech Republic, Febiofest, Athens, Greece, ‘Berlinale in Athens, Toronto, Canada, ReelWorld Film Festival, Tunis, Tunisia, EU-filmfestival, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, NEFF, Almaty, Kazachstan, EU-filmfestival, Santiago, Chile, 7th Festival de Cine Europeo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Arab Film Festival. London, UK, Barbican Centre, New Delhi, India, Osian’s Film Festival, Mlada Boleslav, Cz. Rep. 3rd Eur. Filmsmiles Fest. Milan, Italy, Milanoltre Festival, San Francisco, USA, Arab Film Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, Pune, India, 4th Int. Film Festival, Eurocine Lyon 2007, Itaipava Festival Petrpolis, Brazilië 2007