Captain Abu Raed

Theatrical Release: August 19, 2009
DVD Release: February 10, 2010
Captain Abu Raed


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.

Dove Review

This film portrays the life of a simple man who reaches out to children in his town by sharing his dreams. The children all learn valuable lessons from Abu Raed as he takes the time to show interest in their lives. This is a moving tale of hardship and abuse but also of love, acceptance and friendship. The overarching theme is that you can follow your dreams no matter who you are or what they are. We are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this interesting foreign film.

Note: This movie was filmed in Jordan and has English subtitles

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: D-2; A-1; All other references to God are in reverence
Violence: Implied that father beats his wife and two boys; Implied that a father burns one of the boys as a disciplinary measure for stealing; Implied a man beats another to death.
Drugs: Cigar Smoking
Nudity: None
Other: A boy steals a model of an airplane


Company: Synergetic Distribution
Writer: Amin Matalqa
Director: Amin Matalqa
Producer: Amin Matalqa
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min.
Starring: Nadim Sawalha; Rana Sultan; Hussein Al-Sous; Udey Al-Qiddissi; Ghandi Saber; Dina Raad-Yaghnam; Nadim Mushahwar; Faisal Majali; Mohammad Qteshat; Khaled Al-Safi; Rami Samara; Ayat Najah Abd Al-Sadeq; Lara Sawalha; Khuloud Khaled Issa
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe