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A conversation with Midnight Traveler's Emelie Mahdavian

April 18, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm


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A conversation with Midnight Traveler's Emelie MahdaviaA conversation with Midnight Traveler's Emelie Mahdavian April 18 2019 at BAVC

Join BAVC for a conversation with, Emelie Mahdavian, Producer, Writer, and Editor of Midnight Traveler on Thursday April 18, 2019, 6:30 pm at BAVC. The discussion will be moderated by award-winning filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes. A reception will follow with light refreshments.

Midnight Traveler

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2019, Midnight Traveler captures the uncertain journey of director Hassan Fazili as he is forced to flee Afghanistan with his family after the Taliban puts a bounty on his head. Along the way, Hassan, wife Fatima, and their two young daughters document their interactions with other refugees, smugglers, and police, collecting diverse perspectives on the refugee experience. Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run. The film is screening April 17-19 at the SFFILM Festival.


Emelie Mahdavian

Emelie is a filmmaker whose work often looks at women’s experience. She produced, wrote, and edited Midnight Traveler, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2019 and Second Place Panorama Audience Award at Berlinale 2019. Her first feature documentary After the Curtain premiered at Lincoln Center as part of the 44th Dance on Camera. Her experimental motion capture dance film Intangible Body, exploring censorship of women’s dance in Iran, was exhibited at museums and international festivals. Emelie studied filmmaking at London Film School, and has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she also teaches Film Studies and Cinema and Digital Media. She lives off-grid in the mountains of Idaho where she is developing her debut fiction feature.

Rodrigo Reyes

Rodrigo Reyes has screened his award-winning work worldwide, such as LA Film Festival, BFI London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, garnering great reviews in Variety and the New York Times and broadcast on America ReFramed. His work has received support from Sundance and Tribeca Institutes, the Mexican Film Institute, MacDowell Colony, California Humanities Documentary Project, BAVC National Mediamaker Fellowship and, most recently, the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.