• People that Make Films and what Films Make of People

USA / Qatar / UK / Canada / 2019 / Afghan and Persian with Spanish and English subtitles / 87

  • Director 

    Hassan Fazili

  • Producer: 

    Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim


    Emelie Mahdavian

  • Photography: 

    Fatima Hussaini, Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili

  • Cast: 

    Fatima Hussaini, Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili


  • Mar 7 - 13:15 Cine Colombia (Caribe Plaza) 6

  • Mar 8 - 21:00 Cine Colombia (Paseo de la Castellana) 4

  • Mar 11 - 18:00 Cine Colombia (Plaza Bocagrande) 3


After making a documentary on the Taliban, in March 2015 Hassan Fazili receives a death threat. For just over a year, he, his wife and two daughters go into hiding in Tajikistan, but in the end their asylum petition is denied and they are deported back to Afghanistan, marking the beginning of an odyssey that lasts over three years, taking them from Iran to Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Finally they reach Hungary, where once again they file for asylum with a European Union country. Uncertainty and constant fear are their companions as Fazili and his family find themselves fleeing from one precarious situation to another, from refugee camps to undercover vehicles, crossing borders clandestinely, being taken advantage of by traffickers, putting up with racists, nights spent at the mercy of the elements… Filmed entirely on mobile phones, Midnight Traveler is not lacking in spontaneous moments of tenderness and joy, yet these in no way deflect our attention from one of the worst scourges of the twenty-first century: the fate of those displaced by authoritarianism, religious fanaticism or economic hardship, and who are destined to roam the world in search of someplace to call home.



Hassan Fazili

Hassan Fazili directed short films and wrote popular television serials in Afghanistan before fleeing the country in 2015. His short film Mr. Fazili’s Wife screened at film festivals around the world.

People that Make Films and what Films Make of People