Midnight Traveler

“A handcrafted, open-hearted vaccination against ignorance and hate.”
– GoldenGlobes.com

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”.

Midnight Traveler won Best International Feature at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.
The winner of the Best International Feature qualified for consideration at the 2020 Academy Awards.
The film also won the Best of Fest category award.

Doc Edge Festival 2019.

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

Screening with
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.

Session Time

Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Sun 2 Jun
02:15 PM
Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Fri 7 Jun
08:15 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2
Sun 16 Jun
03:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Sat 22 Jun
04:30 PM
86 min
United States, Qatar, Canada, United Kingdom
Farsi, English
Hassan Fazili