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Date(s) - 02/19/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Marchesa Theater

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Film: Captain Abu Raed

Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm

Marchesa Hall and Theater 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is partnering with Austin Film Society to present four films in February from the Middle East. All screenings will take place at the AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin (near the former Highland Mall).

High school and university students are eligible for free tickets—requires an AFS “learn membership” (also free, verification of enrollment required). For more information, visit:https://www.austinfilm.org/education/learn-membership

Captain Abu Raed

Amin Mataqala, Jordan, 2008, 102 mins
in Arabic, French & Italian with English subtitles
Friday, February 19, 2016
7:30 PM
Director will be in attendance, a reception will follow.

Widowed and now childless, 70-year-old Abu Raed leads a very uneventful life at home reading one of his 2000 books when not working as a custodian at the Amman airport. A fateful retrieval of an airline pilot’s cap leads to a new path in life as some of the neighborhood kids think he is truly a pilot. Giving into the confusion, he adopts a new persona and begins spinning tales of his many adventures around the world and becoming a hero to the kids. That is, all except to the cynical adolescent Murad, who sets out to destroy the illusion of Raed’s fanciful life. Little does he know how important the old man will become to him.