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Captain Abu Raed (2008)

 |  Drama  |  6 February 2008 (Jordan)
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When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

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Rana Sultan ...
Nour
Hussein Al-Sous ...
Murad
Udey Al-Qiddissi ...
Tareq
Ghandi Saber ...
Abu Murad
Dina Raad-Yaghnam ...
Um Murad
Mohammad Qteshat ...
Hilal
Nadim Mushahwar ...
Sameh
Faisal Majali ...
Ziad
Lina Attel ...
Nour's Mom
Ali Maher ...
Nour' s Dad
Khaled Al-Safi ...
Ali
Rami Samara ...
Rami
Ayat Najah Abd Al-Sadeq ...
Petra (as Ayat Daoud)
Khuloud Khaled Issa ...
Khuloud
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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. Written by Anonymous

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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. See more »

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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. See more »

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Truly Moving Picture
4 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a judge for the Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. This feature film is a Crystal Heart Award Winner and is eligible to be the Grand Prize Winner in October of 2008. The Heartland Film Festival is a non-profit that honors Truly Moving Pictures. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Raed is an elderly, Jordanian man who seems to be a simple janitor at an airport. But things change for him when he finds a discarded Captain's hat that he wears home. The neighborhood children promote him to a world savy pilot and he promotes himself to being an excellent and imaginative storyteller.

But Raed is not a simple man. We slowly find out that he is wise and well read. And, he has suffered tragedies in his life that would break most men and make them bitter. Raed resists being morose and adds positively to the world around him. He is kind to strangers, he mentors children with exploitive parents, and he makes other's lives easier and more fun.

But this wouldn't be much of a story if there weren't a strong conflict. Next door to Raed there is a family dominated by a husband and father who is a wife-beater, child-beater, and drunk. What can an old man do to help? It reminds one of the quote – "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Raed is a good man of courage and sacrifice. He does something.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.


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