A thrilling documentary fusing animation and archival material to tell the story of a gay Afghan refugee in Denmark who kept his painful past a secret for two decades. Winner, Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Documentary.
In the '90s the film's director Jonas Poher Rasmussen met Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym) at high school in a small Danish town. Years later, Amin is an academic who is planning a life with his soon-to-be husband. But the secrets he has harboured still haunt him. While Amin realises that he can move forward only by confronting his past, he also does not want to jeopardise the life he has worked so hard to build. Rasmussen ingeniously uses animation to delve into this extraordinary story. It begins with Amin as a young child in Kabul, where he enjoyed the warm embrace of his family's love. But his family becomes severely affected by tumultuous Afghan politics. What follows is a thrilling and devastating series of events, as Amin and his family flee Afghanistan for a precarious existence in post-communist Moscow and then endure crisis and setback, all for the elusive desire for "someplace safe."Jonas Poher Rasmussen
is a Danish/French film director born in 1981 who made the award-winning films Searching for Bill
and What He Did
was selected for Cannes 2020 and went on to win the 2021 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary.