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Captain Abu Raed (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 February 2008 (Jordan)
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.


Amin Matalqa


Amin Matalqa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadim Sawalha ... Abu Raed
Rana Sultan Rana Sultan ... Nour
Hussein Al-Sous Hussein Al-Sous ... Murad
Odai Qedese Odai Qedese ... Tareq (as Udey Al-Qiddissi)
Ghandi Saber Ghandi Saber ... Abu Murad
Dina Raad-Yaghnam ... Um Murad (as Dina Ra'ad-Yaghnam)
Mohammad Qteshat Mohammad Qteshat ... Hilal (as Mohammad Quteishat)
Nadim Mushahwar Nadim Mushahwar ... Sameh
Faisal Majali Faisal Majali ... Ziad
Lina Attel Lina Attel ... Nour's Mom
Ali Maher Ali Maher ... Nour' s Dad
Khaled Al-Safi Khaled Al-Safi ... Ali (as Khaled Safi)
Rami Samara Rami Samara ... Rami
Ayat Najah Abd Al-Sadeq Ayat Najah Abd Al-Sadeq ... Petra (as Ayat Daoud)
Khuloud Khaled Issa Khuloud Khaled Issa ... Khuloud (as Khuloud Khaled)


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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Did You Know?


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. See more »


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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Beautiful Story!
31 March 2008 | by lrguptonSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at Sundance 2008 and was thrilled to learn that it was showing at the AFI Film Festival in Dallas. I didn't hesitate for a second to buy a 2nd ticket! Once it's released in theaters, I'll be purchasing my third ticket and insisting that my friends attend with me. We were lucky enough to hear the director speak at both showings which added so much to the experience. Learning that most of the children were cast from children who were living in a refugee camp was quite surprising. The performances of the children were first rate. Nadim Sawalha who played Captain Abu Raed was outstanding as well. In addition, the backdrop for the movie - Amman - was magical. This movie is a must see!

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Release Date:

6 February 2008 (Jordan) See more »

Also Known As:

Abu Raed kapitány See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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