Film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008
Captain Abu Raed
Director: Amin Matalqa
(Jordan, 2007, 95 minutes)
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, this crowd-pleasing Jordanian feature film follows the life of a kind airport janitor who, through a case of mistaken identity, suddenly finds himself with the capacity to change the lives around him. Widower Abu Raed, a man of little means but rich in imagination, spends his days cleaning the Amman airport, and his nights in isolation, reading from his cramped personal library. When Tarek, a neighborhood kid, spots Abu Raed wearing a secondhand pilot's hat, he is convinced that Abu Raed is an international traveler and begs to hear about his adventures. Initially reluctant, the elderly man recognizes that Tarek and all his friends are desperately curious about the world and Abu Raed begins to weave elaborate stories for the wide-eyed children. As his regular storytelling sessions bring Abu Raed and the children closer, his adventures serve not only as entertainment but as the key to transforming the lives of the children, local adults, as well as his personal sense of meaning.
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, Jordanian American Association of Southern California
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