21 - 29 April 2023

Captain Abu Raed

Amin Matalqa
Jordan – 2007, 110′

Abu Raed is an old and lonely airport janitor who has always yearned to see the world but has never been able to afford travel. One day he finds a thrown-out pilot cap and returns home wearing it on his head. A group of children in his poor neighbourhood mistakenly assume that he is a pilot and beg him to share stories of the world he has travelled. Happy for the company, he transports the children to colorful places around the world through his fictional stories and inspires them to believe in themselves.

1. Audience Award – Sundance Film Festival, 2007
2. Best Director – Seattle IF 2007
3. Best Actor – Dubai IFF 2007.

The film has won 13 awards and was nominated for 2 more.