Midnight Traveler


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 9:00 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 2:30 PM
Aga Khan Museum Sun, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Afghan Persian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Personal Histories
Religion & Spirituality
South & Central Asia
War, Conflict & the Military
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Hassan Fazili
Producer(s):Emelie Mahdavian
Su Kim
Writer(s):Emelie Mahdavian
Cinematography:Hassan Fazili
Fatima Fazili
Nargis Fazili
Zahar Fazili


Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili directed a film about the Taliban—and in March 2015, the Taliban put a bounty on his head. After 14 months of asylum applications and waiting for protection, Fazili, his wife and two daughters are forced to make the long journey from Afghanistan to Europe. Refugee stories are often told by outsiders, but Midnight Traveler is a powerful first-person account, with each family member picking up the camera over several years. Fazili stitches together the heart-warming intimacy between a husband and wife caught in a dire situation, while revealing one of life's great treasures: family belonging. The miraculous story of the Fazili family is the kind of testament to compassion and empathy that validates why we create, present and watch documentary film. Ravi Srinivasan

Co-presented with Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Sunday, May 5 screening presented in partnership with The Aga Khan Museum.

Additional Information

  • POV - "We’re treated to a unique, personal insight into the refugee crisis and all that it embodies."
  • Variety - "Gives a human face to a global refugee crisis."