Midnight Traveler

Movie Information

The wonderfully honest and illuminating documentary tracks an Afghan family's arduous journey to attain political asylum.
Genre: Documentary
Director: Hassan Fazili
Starring: Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili
Rated: NR

After opening an art café in Afghanistan in 2015, filmmaker Hassan Fazili angered the Taliban, and a bounty was put on his head. Hassan, his fellow filmmaker/wife Fatima and their two young daughters were forced to flee their homeland to seek political asylum in the European Union. Filmed on cellphones over the course of three years, Midnight Traveler documents their arduous journey.

Winner of a special jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the documentary is wonderfully honest and illuminating. The Fazili family’s plight takes them on a 3,500-mile adventure through Tajikistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Filming during everyday family life as well as instances fraught with danger, Midnight Traveler never feels staged, manipulative or contrived.

Fazili creates a sparse but compelling narrative, letting organic moments do most of the storytelling. Ultimately, he presents viewers with a video diary that captures universally relatable human experiences and makes the refugee crisis more tangible to an (opinionated but often ignorant) Western audience.

Starts Nov. 1 at Pisgah Film House

About Michelle Keenan
Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She also reviews movies for Reel Takes / Rapid River Magazine. She is a member of the Southeast Film Critics Association (SEFCA).

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