filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled to Tajikistan with his wife and two daughters in 2015, after the Taliban sentenced him to death. He had run a cafe in Afghanistan capital, Kabul, which was a creative meeting place for artists. Fazili's progressive view – that men and women could sit in the same cafe – was considered a threat by the mullahs, not to mention the movie he had made about a Taliban leader.
Dangerous route for migrants
Refusal of asylum led to a risky return to Afghanistan. Following tips from a close friend that Hassan would soon be arrested, the family decided to embark on a 560-mile journey and seek security in Europe. Along the way on the dangerous migrant route across the Western Balkans to Hungary, they made recordings with three mobile phones. The footage was edited together into a full-length documentary, Midnight Traveler who, among other things, won the jury's special award for best photography during the world premiere at the Sundance Festival.
The film is an intensely personal and emotionally moving account of a family's survivability.
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