Midnight Traveler /
This could have been an unremarkable home movie of a small family’s trip to Europe. But when Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili took his wife Fatima Hussaini (also a filmmaker) and their two little girls and left home, it was because the Taliban had threatened to kill him. The entire family had to cross borders illegally, hide, walk through many kilometers of rough terrain, bribe smugglers, and evade kidnappers. Filmed on-the-go by all four family members with three smartphone cameras, this film is interspersed with unique and intimate moments shot from both child and adult perspectives. Despite the hardships, their three-year-long quest for asylum is filled with the minutiae of a family’s routine, as well as heartfelt moments of laughter, childhood games, and hope.