Advertisement

Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

‘Captain Abu Raed': My DVD Pick of the Week

captain_abu_raed2.jpg
I don’t know if you can call <a href="http://www.captainaburaed.com/"target="_blank"
"Captain Abu Raed" a family movie. It certainly celebrates the idea of knitting together an untraditional family of sorts. But it has subtitles because it was made in Jordan. And it has a somewhat sad, some might think predictable, end. So it’s not exactly a Middle Eastern version of a Disney movie. Yet this film was a a hit at film festivals around the world last year including the Heartland Film Festival and was Jordan’s first ever entry into the Oscar race for Best Foreign FIlm. With so much acclaim, it is difficult to understand why it has taken so long to be released to DVD, but for it’s own unique portrayal of courage and self-scarifice, “Captain Abu Raed” is my DVD pick of the week.

Advertisement


Abu Raed is a lonely man who has suffered a series of losses and now works in the airport in Amman, Jordan as a janitor. He becomes a hero to a group of impoverished children in his neighborhood when he begins to captivate them with stories of adventure based on a fictional career as a pilot. As his live becomes more emeshed with the lives of the children and one of the children finds out he is not who he says he is, Abu Raed ends up taking some drastic measures to help change the lives of one child forever.
For all of its melodramatic, perhaps maudlin moments, it is still difficult for me to say why this movie lingers after watching. Part of it has to do with the exotic locale which gives us a rare glimpse of life in Jordan, I am sure. Part of it has to do with the strong portrayal of women in the film through the character of Nour, an unlikely ally for Abu Raed. So while this is an old tale dressed up in a new setting, I believe that it doesn’t make it any less chaming and inspiring.

  • http://www.topfaxsoftware.com/ fax software

    I ?the same opinion.

  • http://www.nflcustomic.com custom jerseys

    I like it very much, thank you
    cheap custom jerseys

Previous Posts

Letterman Bids Farewell Tonight
It's David Lettman's last episode interviewing, so what do you do? Well have his first guest, ever, Bill Murray pop out of a cake - of course! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8MY9CD-tQ[/youtube] Murray appeared on the first late ...

posted 9:03:34am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Finding Neverland - On a Stage!
Calling all fans of Lost Boys!             You loved Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, right? The film about J.M. Barrie in 2004 is back - in the form of a Broadway ...

posted 12:53:47pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead at 89
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday night at the age of 89 in a Las Vegas hospital. King was the son of a sharecropper, and was born on a plantation in Mississippi. He worked his way up from singing in church, performing on street ...

posted 9:27:21am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

'Where Hope Grows' is a Much Watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L10tIzZZrA Kristoffer Polaha stars as a baseball slugger with Detroit Tigers who was forced to retire early due to panic attacks at the plate. Calvin Campbell struggles with alcoholism, depression, and battles ...

posted 8:58:33am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

One Good Fella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKjent3fFcs Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas--Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer ...

posted 12:13:10pm May. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.