Sunday, January 25, 2009

Captain Abu Raed update

Latest Award:
- Palm Springs International Film Festival - John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature

- UK's Northern Lights Film Festival - Debut Feature Film Award

NETHERLANDS - Opened in cinemas Jan. 8

- FINLAND - (Opening in cinemas Feb. 6)
- PORTLAND, Oregon (Feb 6,8,11 at Portland International Film Festival)
- IRAN - Tehran International Film Festival (Feb 1-11)

MARCH 2009
- GERMANY (Opening in cinemas March 12)
- SPAIN (Opening in cinemas March 13)
- CYPRESS - Cypress International Film Festival (March 14-21)
- FRANCE - Special Screening at the Arab World Institute (March 23)
- WALES - One World Film Festival

- New York, Chicago (starting in two cities then wider release)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Oscars and beyond

To our Dear Captain Abu Raed family and friends,

The short list of Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Film was announced today, and unfortunately, after all the buzz and the hype, Captain Abu Raed got overlooked, as did Italy's much hyped Gomorra. How this happened, none of us can explain or make sense of it, but it is what it is, and there's nothing more that we can do as far as the Oscars go. It would've been nice to get nominated, but we didn't.

The good news is that after winning 24 awards and playing in some 35 countries at festivals around the world, the festival phase is coming to a close with Palm Springs and Tahran next month. And it is this week that the film's official Europe theatrical release launches with the opening in the Netherlands on Jan 8, then Spain and Germany on March 12. Our US release is just around the corner, due after the Oscars. 2008 was the year of the festivals, 2009 will be the year of the actual release of the film. We're not done yet ladies and gentlemen.

Looking at how far we've come, I would like to stop for a second and tell you Thank you. Thank you for all your support and hard work in the different steps along this journey. I've learned so much and I promise to carry what I've learned from this experience to benefit the next one. So while today came with disappointing news, it did make me reflect on this little miracle we all gave birth to together, a movie that will transcend the Oscars and today's headlines for decades and decades. We've etched a little piece of art into the timeline of cinema history. Captain Abu Raed will always be that first Jordanian movie that traveled the world. So thank you.

Now, we have a theatrical release to attend to, and the next phase of the journey has just begun. We still have a long fun road ahead.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Let the world see

My anger over what Israel is doing in Gaza has been consuming me for the past week. This is a video I put together to protest what's going on. Let the world see who is the monster here. The only way to peace is to lead with peace. Enough playing the victim! Enough false propaganda! These images are not from 1942. These images are from this week.

P.S. Please don't leave comments because I'm not turning my blog into a political debate forum. I'm not publishing comments here. I just want to express my rage through this little video. The facts are the facts. Israel has massacred hundreds of Palestinian civilians including children while the world sits watching. This video is for the innocent Palestinian children in Gaza.