Midnight Traveler

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Midnight Traveler

Directed by Hassan Fazili

  • USA, United Kingdom, Qatar, Canada 2019; 87 min
  • Original version: Persian, English
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention - Berlin IFF
    • World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award - Sundance FF
    • Special Jury Award - Thessaloniki Documentary FF
    • Grand Angle Audience Award - Visions du Réel
    • McBaine Documentary Feature Award - San Francisco IFF
    • Grand Jury Special Mention - Sheffield Doc/Fest


Fateful developments and surprising twists in the lives of their protagonists are welcome ingredients for documentary filmmakers. But when the director and his family are themselves the protagonists in their own film, every threatening situation becomes a conflict of conscience. Is it right to film every dramatic moment or is it morally wrong to think about a good film scene in the midst of misfortune?
In 2015, a death threat from the Taliban saw Afghan director Hassan Fazili and his wife Fatima Hussaini, also a filmmaker, in exactly this situation. Together with their two daughters Nargis (11) and Zahra (6), they flee from their homeland to distant Europe in search of safety. The couple, and their two daughters, use their mobile phones to film their journey, which was to last several years. On the Balkan route, during long and uncertain stays in various refugee camps, they draw strength from documenting their difficult situation. Despite adversities and setbacks, the parents never once lose their humanity. They bear all manner of hardships and hope for a better future for their daughters, who become more and more independent as the long journey progresses.




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