MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

SAT, 20.07.
4.30 pm
KISTE

US, QA, CA, UK, AFG 2019 · Dokumentary · 87 min.
Director Hassan Fazili
Language Persian with engl. SUB

In 2015, the Taliban put a price on Hassan’s head. Hassan looked at his wife and his daughters, and he knew they had to flee their home. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control over their situation: their camera-phones.
Hassan and his wife Fatima are both filmmakers, and they are educating their daughters and encouraging them tobe artists. The whole family shot this autobiographical film, which began when they sought and were rejected for refugee protection and follows them along the notorious Balkan smuggling route. As they experienced increasingly degrading circumstances, the family latched on to filmmaking as a way to not just survive, but retain their humanity.

Director
Hassan Fazili

Screenplay
Emelie Mahdavian

Camera
Fatima Hussaini, Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili

Editing
Emelie Mahdavian

Score
Gretchen Jude

Sound
Daniel Timmons, Tony Volante, Daniel Timmons

Lighting

Producer
Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim

Studio
Doc & Film International

Director's biography

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. He also worked as a Location Manager for Feo Aladag’s In Between Worlds, which premiered at Berlinale 2014, and as a Camera Operator for the IDFA selection Voice of a Nation: My Journey Through Afghanistan. His documentary Peace in Afghanistan, made for national television, profiled Taliban commander Mullah Tur Jan, who laid down arms in favor of a peaceful civilian life.

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