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Jordan’s Official Entry for the 2009 Academy Awards' Foreign Language category


Jordan 2007 | Run time: 102 min. |

Director: Amin Matalqa |Language: Arabic


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Filmed in Aman, Jordan, Captain Abu Raed is a universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan. The first dramatic independent feature film to come out of Jordan in the last 50 years.


Abu Raed is an aging airport janitor who has always yearned of seeing the world but has never been able to afford to travel. One day a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume he is a pilot and beg him to share stories of the world outside of Amman, Jordan. Through imaginary tales a friendship forms and he finds the grim realities of the children's home life. He takes it upon himself to make a difference. Films Website















Cast & Crew

Director/Writer: Jordanian-born writer/director Amin Matalqa

Cast: Nadim Sawalha - Abu Raed, Rana Sultan - Nour, Hussein Al-Sous, Udey Al-Qiddissi, Ghandi Saber, Dina Ra’ad-Yaghnam

Producers: David Pritchard, Aida Matalqa, Isam Salfiti, Nadine Toukan, Kenneth Kokin

Composer: Austin Wintory

Cinematographe: Reinhart Peschke

Editor: Laith Al-Majali

Production Designer:Gerald Sullivan


Awards won in 2008:
-Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Audience Award
-Heartland Film Festival - Grand Prize
-Heartland Film Festival - Audience Award
-Helsinki International Film Festival - Audience Award
-Traverse City Film Festival - Audience Award
-Traverse City Film Festival - Best of the Fest Jury Award
-Seattle International Film Festival - Best Director
-Heartland Film Festival - Crystal Heart Award
-Maui Film Festival - Best Narrative Film, World Cinema
-Durban International Film Festival - Best First Feature
-Newport Beach Film Festival - Best Actor
-Newport Beach Film Festival - Best Actress
-Dubai International Film Festival - Best Actor
-New Orleans Middle East Film Festival - Best Feature
-Beirut International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
-Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year - Amin Matalqa