Amin Matalqa

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The irrepressibly energetic Jordanian helmer Matalqa has toured the world endlessly this past year promoting his debut feature, “Captain Abu Raed.” A warmhearted tale of an airport janitor who is mistaken for an airline pilot by a group of kids living in a poor Amman neighborhood, pic won the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. What’s more, Matalqa achieved that without having to fall back on flying carpets or suicide bombers. “Captain Abu Raed” is also Jordan’s first entry for the Oscars. A lifelong Charlie Chaplin fan, Matalqa is working on his next project, an English-language drama set in the U.S.

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