CAPTAIN ABU RAED

SYNOPSIS

Captain Abu Raed is a universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan.

Abu Raed is a lonely janitor at Amman’s International Airport. Never having realized his dreams of seeing the world, he experiences it vicariously through books and brief encounters with travellers.

Finding a discarded Captain’s hat in the trash at work one day, he is followed by a neighbourhood boy who spots him wearing it as he walks home. The next morning he wakes up to find a group of neighbourhood children at his door, believing him to be an airline pilot. And thus the friendship begins. Happy for the company and attention, he takes the children to colourful places around the world through his fictional stories and inspires them to believe in their own ambitions.

Murad, an angry outsider to the group, vindictively attacks Abu Raed and the sense of hope he instils in the children. In his quest to prove that Abu Raed is a liar and a fake, Murad begins to discover new possibilities in his life. Meanwhile, Abu Raed’s friendship with Nour, a real female pilot, begins to grow as she deals with her own set of pressures from life in modern Amman.

Captain Abu Raed is the story of everyday people intersecting across social boundaries. It is a story of dreams, friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice.



YEAR

2007

DURATION

110 Mins

GENRE

Drama, Middle East / Maghred Cinema, Sundance Award Winners

LANGUAGE

Arabic

COUNTRY

Jordan

DIRECTOR & WRITER

Amin Matalqa    

PRODUCERS

Nadine Toukan
Kenneth Kokin
Isam Salfiti
Amin Matalqa

CAST

Nadim Sawalha
Rana Sultan
Hussein Al-Sous
Udey Al-Qiddissi
Ghandi Saber
Dina Ra’ad-Yaghnam

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Executive Producer David Pritchard
Executive Producer Aida Jabaji Matalqa
Cinematography Reinhart Peschke
Editor Laith Al-Majali
Music Austin Wintory
Production Design Gerald Sullivan
Production Company Paper & Pen Films
Custume Designer Jamila Allaeddin
In Association With Gigapix Studios
Script Amin Matalqa

 

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