Directed by Hassan Fazili
USA, Qatar, UK, Canada / 86 mins / NC16 – Some Coarse Language
In 2015, filmmaker Hassan Fazili profiled a Taliban commander turned civilian. After it aired on national television, the Taliban executed his documentary subject and put a hit out for Fazili. He fled with his family to Tajikistan, only to be deported back months later. Faced with a hostile homeland, they chart a course for safer soils that will take them through border fences, anti-immigrant gangs and Kafkaesque bureaucracies.
Shot entirely on smartphones, Midnight Traveler is a rare instance of a refugee telling their own story. Access to the camera is shared among Fazili, his wife and their two young daughters, creating an intimate diary of a family in limbo and the pockets of humanity, and inhumanity, they find in it.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Hassan Fazili is an Afghan filmmaker who has developed documentaries, television serials and theatre plays. His short films have explored women’s and children’s rights in Afghanistan. Midnight Traveler is his feature film debut, and it won prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival this year.
CAST & INFORMATION
Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim
Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili, Fatima Hussaini
Doc & Film International
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