“A handcrafted, open-hearted vaccination against ignorance and hate.”
The refugee’s story is most often told by others – journalists or aid workers, outsiders who try to convey traumatic experiences far removed from their own.
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghani director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee. Hassan and his family chronicle their own dangerous journey from Afghanistan to Germany, seeking asylum.
“A film which deserves to be as widely seen as possible.”
– Screen Daily
Shooting on three mobile phones to tell the story of a journey spanning over 3,500 miles and more than three years, Hassan and his family document their interactions with other refugees, smugglers, and police.
Life in refugee camps causes strain. Hassan weighs his ideals against the uneasy ritual of “capturing beautiful images of [his] own children suffering”.
Previous festival appearances for Midnight Traveler include
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany:
Special Mention, Peace Film Prize
Special Mention, Prizes of the Ecumenical Jury
Sundance, USA: winner, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival: winner, Special Jury Prize
The Office of Missing Children
Directed by Michael Schiller
In this animated short, six-year-old Wilson is separated from his mother at the US/Mexico border and held in detention in Arizona. Over 2600 South American children have been detained by the US Government while attempting to cross the border in search of a better life.
Wilson’s story is their story.