Captain Abu Raed (2008)

 ●  Arabic ● 1 hr 42 mins

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Abu Raed is an old 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.

Cast: Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan

Crew: Amin Matalqa (Director), Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke (Director of Photography), Austin Wintory (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 06 Feb 2008 (India)

Tagline: An unlikely airport janitor makes a difference in the life of a boy in his poor neighborhood.

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Did you know? Jordan's official selection for the 81st Academy Awards (2009). In the category, Best Foreign Language film. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Arabic
Spoken Languages:
French, Italian
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
An unlikely airport janitor makes a difference in the life of a boy in his poor neighborhood.
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Continuity
The film opens and closes with a pilot standing at large airport windows. In the twenty or so years in which Murad grew up, something would have likely changed, for example models of airplanes, architecture in the airport, and pilot's uniforms.

Miscellaneous
It would be unlikely that a pilot of Noor's age (early thirties) would have acquired enough seniority to be a pilot or co-pilot of the wide bodied aircraft Royal Jordanian use to fly to New York.
Trivia:
The first Jordanian feature film in over 50 years.

The director has a cameo as the very first janitor to cross frame in the beginning of the film. The next shot, a pilot crosses frame leading the camera to Abu Raed. That headless pilot is producer David Pritchard.

The passing captain that Murad looks up to at the airport is a real pilot for Royal Jordanian. That is Captain Ramzi Matalqa, the director's father.

When auditioning the kids a year before filming began, none of the kids knew what the film was about. When asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, they all answered Doctor or teacher. Except for one boy, Hussein Al-Sous. He wanted to become a pilot. He was the boy chosen to play Murad in the film.

Jordan's official selection for the 81st Academy Awards (2009). In the category, Best Foreign Language film.