American pubcaster PBS has acquired U.S. broadcast rights for Hassan Fazili’s documentary feature Midnight Traveler, to be aired as part of the ‘POV’ doc strand.
The autobiographical film chronicles the perilous journey a family takes across central and west Asia to get to Europe, providing a first-person look at the global refugee crisis. It follows director Hassan Fazili’s efforts to keep his family safe when the Taliban puts a bounty on his head, forcing them to flee Afghanistan.
Midnight Traveler was recently named on the features shortlist for the 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards after having its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The film is co-produced by Old Chilly Pictures, American Documentary/’POV’ and Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The film was produced by Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim.
‘POV’ is produced by American Broadcasting for PBS.
“Public media showcases such as ‘POV’ give stories like Hassan’s an important platform,” said Mahdavian and Kim in a joint statement. “If there are Americans unsure of the dedication and intentions of migrant families, a PBS broadcast of Midnight Traveler compels them to connect with migrants and the daunting sacrifices they make to find safety far from their homes.”
“There are many stories about refugees, but rarely do producers and news editors give refugee-seekers the opportunity to tell their own story,” added Chris White, executive producer of ‘POV.’ “Midnight Traveler is an urgent corrective, not only to that tendency, but to our current moment’s hostility toward a diffuse group of people who share the most basic human instinct: to find a safe home.”
Midnight Traveler will air as part of ‘POV’ on PBS stations Dec. 30, followed by The Rescue List, airing as the season finale in March.
The deal was negotiated by Justine Nagan and White on behalf of ‘POV,’ and Mahdavian and Kim for Old Chilly Pictures, on behalf of Midnight Traveler.