Midnight Traveler

United States/United Kingdom/Canada/Qatar, 2019, 87 min, Colour

After receiving a Taliban death sentence, Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili decides to get his family to safety in Western Europe. Staying one step ahead of aggressive smugglers and right-wing nationalists, Hassan, his wife and two daughters capture their dramatic journey on mobile phones, pausing occasionally to contemplate the wonder and natural beauty all around them. A compelling look inside the refugee crisis, one of the great humanitarian challenges of our times. Alex Saveliev in ‘Film Threat’ calls Fazili’s doc, “a unique cinematic experience that will hopefully snap us all to reality."

CREDITS

Director:

Hassan Fazili

Producers:

Emelie Mahdavian,Su Kim

Cinematography:

Hassan Fazili,Fatima Hossaini,Nargis Fazili,Zahra Fazili

Editing:

Emelie Mahdavian

Sound:

Daniel Timmons

DIRECTOR'S BIO

Hassan Fazili has developed theater plays, documentaries, short films, and several popular television serials in Afghanistan. In 2011, he was selected by the British Council to attend Sheffield/DocFest for documentary filmmaking networking and training. His films Mr. Fazili’s Wife and Life Again! both push the envelope on issues of women’s, children’s and disability rights in Afghanistan, and have won awards at numerous international festivals.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Germany, 2019, Berlinale, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

Berlinale, Germany 2019 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

United States, 2019, Sundance, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award

Sundance, United States 2019 - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award

Greece, 2019, Thessaloniki FF, Special Jury Award

Thessaloniki FF, Greece 2019 - Special Jury Award

Canada, 2019, DOXA DFF, Feature Documentary Award

DOXA DFF, Canada 2019 - Feature Documentary Award

United Kingdom, 2019, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Special Mention

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom 2019 - Special Mention

United States, 2019, San Francisco IFF, Golden Gate Award

San Francisco IFF, United States 2019 - Golden Gate Award

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