Amin Matalqa – Bio

Winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award for his first feature film, Captain Abu Raed, Amin has an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. Captain, which he wrote, directed, and produced, became Jordan’s first Oscar entry for Best Foreign film and won 27 festival awards including the $100,000 Grand Prize at Heartland Film Festival, Best Director at Palm Springs International Film Festival and Best Director at the Seattle International Film Festival.

His second feature film was Disney International’s 2011 inspirational soccer dramedy The United, the first Arabic-language film produced by an American studio for a local market.

Amin has just completed post production on his third feature, the Los Angeles whimsical romantic comedy, Strangely In Love, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1848 novella White Nights. The film will hit the festival circuit in 2013.

Amin grew up in Columbus, Ohio after immigrating from Jordan when he was 13. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003 with his dogs Cello and Oboe after a successful career in the telecommunications world. His undergraduate degree was in Marketing at Ohio State University. Today he continues to live in Los Angeles with his wife Claire and their old beasts. If he isn’t directing features, music videos or commercials, he can be found somewhere in the Hollywood hills writing the next great American screenplay.


7 thoughts on “Amin Matalqa – Bio

  1. Great book collection Amin! I’m also a book lover (and, I admit, sniffer).

    Keep up the good work with the filmmaking (Ekhras is my favourite followed by Liffi Liffi).


  2. Good luck to you! I stumbled on your sight by pure chance. My daughter plays both the cello & the oboe. ( She’s only 12!) she has also done some acting.
    Do you know Christen Sholten by any weird chance, as she may be at your school & is also a film maker. Not as far along as you, I suspect. Look her up if you feel whimsical.
    Cute dogs! We have a retired racing greyhound called, Draco – as in dragon!
    Best wishes for the new year & your future.
    I will look for your work.
    Robin McNamara
    Vancouver, Canada
    What the heck, if you are ever up this way we will take you to doggie beach!

  3. Hello Armin. I am an American living in Madaba, Jordan, and am a big fan of your film, “Captain Abu Raed”. It is, in fact, one of my top 10 all-time favorite films.
    As part of my Arabic studies here, I watch films that are in Arabic (sometimes with the subtitles on) to try to get better pronunciation and vocabulary. I figure if it works for my young Arab friends in America, who watch TV and movies over and over, then it might help with an old American as well. Last night, my wife and I watched the film again, and caught some things that we haven’t noticed before.
    Do you have a script of Captain Abu Raed that I could follow along with the film? If so, I would love to have a copy so that I could go through it with the movie, and hopefully use the combination to improve my language ability.
    Thanks in advance.–Daniel

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