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Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival: Midnight Traveler

Film to be followed by talkback with Jenny Plevin, Program Director at DocUWM!

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In 2015, after Hassan Fazili’s documentary Peace in Afghanistan aired on Afghan national television, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject and put a price on Fazili’s head. Fearing for their survival, the Fazili family fled Kabul for Tajikistan. Yet after 14 months spent submitting asylum applications that were rejected again and again, they were deported back to Afghanistan. It was at this juncture that Fazili picked up his cell phone and hit the record button.

Chronicling every step from inside the action, Fazili, his filmmaker wife, and their young daughters trek across Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Serbia—scurrying through perilous landscapes, huddling in freezing forests, cramming into rattling vehicles. As they endure smugglers, gangs, and refugee camps, the camera witnesses not only the danger and desperation but also the exuberance and tenderness of this irresistible, loving family.

About Jenny Plevin:

A graduate of UWM Film, Jenny used her experiences working with the film department’s Community Media Project to continue programing community film screenings and to teach and coordinate youth workshops in a variety of media. She returned to work at doc|UWM in 2006. Jenny's art practice is centered on social justice and environmental issues using video, art installation and photography. Jenny’s most recent film “Alice’s Garden” documents an urban Milwaukee community garden, it’s relationship to the past and hopes for the future.


At doc|UWM, Jenny has collaborated with over over 200 community partners to produce over 200 video projects and two full length feature documentaries shown online, on public television, and at film festivals locally, nationally, and internationally, such as the Milwaukee Film Festival, the Wisconsin Film Festival, The Beloit Film Festival, The Port Townsend Film Festival, The Hmong Film Festival and the Unknown Cinemas Film Festival.

Community Sponsor: doc|UWM

The MMFF is a project of the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition.


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