Midnight Traveler

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Midnight Traveler

Hassan FaziliAfghanistan – 2019

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.

Original Title Midnight Traveler
German Title Midnight Traveler
French Title Midnight Traveler
Other Titles Midnight Traveler
Directed by Hassan Fazili
Country Afghanistan
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Emelie Mahdavian
Film Editing Emelie Mahdavian
Soundtrack Gretchen Jude
Cinematography Fatima Hussaini, Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili
Sound Daniel Timmons
Production Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim
Runtime 87 Min.
Language Dari, Englisch/d/f
Actors
Nargis Fazili Nargis Fazili
Zahra Fazili Zahra Fazili
Fatima Hussaini Fatima Hussaini
Hassan Fazili Hassan Fazili
Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2019
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award

Berlinale Panorama
Lobende Erwähnung der Friedensfilmpreis-Jury
Publikumspreis 2. Rang

Visions du réel: Grand Angle - Prix du Public

«Mit drei Mobilfunkgeräten haben sie daraus ein Roadmovie gemacht, das viel mehr als bloss eine Art Logbuch der Selbstrettung einer Familie ist. 'Midnight Traveler' setzt Angst, Frust und zermürbender Langeweile eine Poesie des Augenblicks entgegen, die sich aus Wolkenformationen, Vogelschwärmen, dem Lachen der Kinder, den Gesprächen der Eltern ergibt. Die Rettung ist auch das gute Bild.» Tagesspiegel

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