Monday, September 9

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The DocYard: Midnight Traveler

Director: Hassan Fazili

Film Details: 2019, 87 minutes, DCP, color, sound, in Afghan Persian with English subtitles

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World Premiere at 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Official Selection of the Berlin International Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and SFFilm Festival.

Producer/Writer/Editor Emelie Mahdavian to attend via Skype for Q&A!

About the Film:

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER is a feature-length autobiographical documentary chronicling the struggles of a family of Afghan filmmakers on the run after becoming targets of the Taliban. Touching on topics of broad political interest like the refugee crisis in Europe, the film puts a human face on these issues by providing first-person access to one family’s choices, anxieties, and hopes as they try to survive deportation, a life in hiding, and the smuggling route to Europe.

Winner of a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for No Borders at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of a Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival.

“A remarkable achievement… [An] affecting, essential documentary… while there have been numerous documentaries which deal with the plight of asylum seekers, there have been few which have shown, with this level of intimacy, the journey of a family from certain danger to an uncertain fate… It’s a film which deserves to be as widely seen as possible… ” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

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About The DocYard:

For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series that takes place every other Monday. Their goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.

Ticket Information:

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Monday 9/9
at 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.