POV Acquires ‘Midnight Traveler’ for 2019 Broadcast | American Documentary

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November 14 2019

POV Acquires ‘Midnight Traveler’ for 2019 Broadcast

Just Nominated for the IFP Gotham Awards for Best Documentary; Debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

New York, N.Y.November 19, 2019 — As reported exclusively by Deadline yesterday, POV announced the acquisition of the U.S. broadcast rights for the award-winning documentary feature Midnight Traveler, directed by Hassan Fazili.

The film, a nominee for the IFP Gotham Awards for Best Documentary, will be the series' penultimate premiere for its 32nd season and will air on PBS stations Monday, December 30, 2019 (check local listings). The film was recently named on the Features Shortlist for the 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards. Midnight Traveler had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

POV also announced today that The Rescue List will follow as the season finale in March 2020.

Produced by American Documentary and broadcasting on PBS since 1988, POV is American television's longest-running documentary series. Midnight Traveler is a co-production of Old Chilly Pictures, LLC, American Documentary | POV and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB). POV was recently nominated for the IDA Documentary Awards for Best Curated Series and Best Short Form Series.

Midnight Traveler is a feature-length autobiographical documentary chronicling the perilous journey a family takes across central and west Asia, to Europe. The film puts a human face on the refugee crisis, 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.

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 first hand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

"Public media showcases such as POV give stories like Hassan's an important platform," said producers Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim. "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," said 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."

The Midnight Traveler deal was negotiated by Justine Nagan and Chris White on behalf of POV, and Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim of Old Chilly Pictures, LLC on behalf of Midnight Traveler. The film was produced by Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim.