Midnight Traveler: An Afghan family film their own asylum journey

Afghan director Hassan Fazili is forced to flee the country with his family when the Taliban puts a bounty on his head.

After Hassan Fazili’s documentary, Peace, aired on Afghan national television, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject and put a price on Hassan’s head.

The director was forced to flee Afghanistan with his wife and two daughters. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control over their situation: their camera-phones.

The whole family shot this autobiographical film, which follows them from the time they sought and were denied refugee protection on their journey along the notorious Balkan smuggling route.