When the Taliban put a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control: their camera-phones.
As they experienced increasingly degrading circumstances, the family latched on to filmmaking as a way to not just survive, but retain their humanity. Midnight Traveler is a gripping vérité story made by a family on the run. Their unique access and artistic vision provide an intimate portrait of a loving family and the myriad of fellow travelers they meet on their odyssey.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Catholic Family Center
Emelie Mahdavian is a filmmaker and Fulbright scholar who focuses on Central Asian cinema. Her feature documentary After the Curtain, about the struggles of four women dancers in Tajikistan, premiered at Lincoln Center as part of the 44th Dance on Camera and continues to screen at festivals worldwide.