On Thursday, September 12th, IDFA will host an exlusive preview of Midnight Traveler: an urgent and first-hand account of a family of filmmakers, forced to flee their home country.
For over a year, Hassan Fazili and Fatima Hossani have tried in vain to get political asylum for themselves and their two daughters. Now they get sent from Tajikistan back to their native country of Afghanistan, where Hassan has a bounty on his head for making a TV documentary about a renegade Taliban commander. This perilous situation prompts the family to brave the dangers of entering Europe illegally, and they document this journey with their cell phones.
Similar stories have been told, and still it remains essential to witness the effects of European migration policies from the perspective of people simply looking for a basic level of security. What’s more, the characteristics of this particular family take the film to a higher level. Both Hassan and Fatima are filmmakers, and their 11-year-old daughter Nargis, who steps in as the third camera operator, is clearly comfortable on either side of the lens.
The family largely maintains a playful optimism in the face of perpetual uncertainty, deceit and hostility. It’s the strength of their bond that leaves a lasting impression.
Hassan Fazili, director and subject of the film, will be interviewed via skype after the screening.
Update: the IDFA Special is unfortunately sold out, however, keep an eye on the site. If tickets are released, we will put them on sale again.
- Date: Thursday, September 12th
- Location: Pathé Tuschinski (Reguliersbreestraat 26, Amsterdam)
- Start: 19.30
- Interview with Hassan Fazili: 21.00
Getting to the theater: Pathé Tuschinksi (Reguliersbreestraat 26) is best reached by foot, bicycle, or public transport: tram 4, 9, 16, or 24. If you travel by car there are several parking garages nearby: The Bank (Amstelstraat 12), Stopera (Waterlooplein 28), and Apcoa Prins and Keizer (Prinsengracht 927).
Accessibility: there is a wheelchair lift via Pathé Arthouse (address: Reguliersbreestraat 34). A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available. Telecoil available for visitors with hearing impairments. There is one parking space for visitors with disabilities on Reguliersdwarsstraat. Read more about IDFA and accessibility here.