Midnight Traveler

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Midnight Traveler puts a harrowing personal face on the modern refugee crisis, driving home the heartbreakingly relatable odysseys of the displaced.

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When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family's uncertain journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run.

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  • Shot entirely on iPhones, the Afghan director's charming and moving documentary charts his three-year flight with his young family from Tajikistan, where they had failed to find asylum, 3,500 miles to the west.

    January 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • It is a suspenseful adventure story, a psychological profile of a family on the run and, most poignantly, an intimate portrait of two young children adopting adult behaviours as a matter of survival.

    January 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A powerful, personal piece of work.

    January 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Midnight Traveler is an unforgettable answer to the refugee question.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Greer McNally

    Time Out
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  • In showing such a personal, unmeditated view of the global migration crisis through one family's story, "Midnight Traveler" is a timely, essential film.

    October 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is the gift of "Midnight Traveler" to allow us to feel this family's fate in the pit of our stomachs. If the plight of refugees has ever seemed abstract, this film makes sure you know how real it is.

    October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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