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Midnight Traveler

Hassan Fazili

Midnight Traveler

by Hassan Fazili

Midnight Traveler

Hassan Fazili

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Embark on the gut-wrenching journey in search of freedom by Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili, the gripping story of one man's plight to create a better life for those he loves.

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Midnight Traveler

by Hassan Fazili

Midnight Traveler

Hassan Fazili

Overview

In 2015, a bounty was placed on the head of Afghan movie director Hassan Fazili by the Taliban for producing movies that offended their morals. The threat was too imminent to wait. The Taliban had already assassinated the lead subject of Fazili's last documentary, Peace, after it aired on national television.

Midnight Traveler is a gripping, heartbreaking film made by a family on the run. From Afghanistan, to Iran, and Turkey, before reaching Bulgaria, Serbia, and finally Germany, the young family experience harassment, abuse, and racist attacks on their journey for safety.

Fazili, his wife, and two daughters decided to flee the country to save their lives. Filming only with their own mobile phones, they decided to document their journey in the hope of allowing others to understand the experiences of migrants forced to flee their home countries. This pressing documentary gives a powerful look into human stories behind the global refugee crisis; a glimpse behind the headlines littered throughout the newspapers.

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"And after crossing the wilderness, I've arrived at some truths. For instance, the road of life winds through hell. And also: hell is within me. And this is a story of a journey to the edge of hell."

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