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Hassan Fazili / Feature Documentary / Afghanistan, United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Dari / Interests: Documentary, War, Family, Exile


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.


Hassan Fazili
Emelie Mahdavian
Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim
Production Company
Old Chilly Pictures

About the Director

Hassan Fazili has created theatre, documentaries, short films, and several popular television serials in Afghanistan. In 2011, he was selected by the British Council to attend Sheffield/DocFest for documentary filmmaking, networking and training. His films 'Mr. Fazili's Wife' and 'Life Again!', both push the envelope on issues of women's, children's and disability rights in Afghanistan, and have screened and won awards at numerous international festivals. He also worked as a Location Manager for Feo Aladag’s 'In Between Worlds', which premiered at Berlinale 2014, and as a Camera Operator for the IDFA selection 'Voice of A Nation: My Journey Through Afghanistan'.

Awards and Festival History


"Sundance FF 2019, World Cinema Documentary (WP)
CPH:DOX 2019
Hot Docs 2019
El Gouna FF 2019
IDFA 2019 (ranked #5 in Audience top 10 picks)"


"Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury and Special Mention for the Peace Film Prize, and 2nd place for the Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale 2019, Panorama
Audience Award, Visions du Reel 2019, Grand Angle section
McBaine Documentary Feature Award, S


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    Emelie Mahdavian

    Old Chilly Pictures

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