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Flee

Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
2020
Denmark
90 minutes
M
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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. Flee was selected for Cannes 2020 and went on to win the 2021 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary.
It’s a genuine thrill to encounter a film as exciting and immediate as Flee, a much-needed jolt of energy… a remarkably humanising and complex film, expanding and expounding the kind of story that’s too easily simplified. Rasmussen has created a loving and unsparing tribute to his friend, a brave survivor whose story I’ll find impossible to forget.
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
A powerful and poetic memoir of personal struggle and self-discovery that expands the definition of documentary.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2020
Classification
M
Country
Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway
Language
In Danish, Dari, English, Russian, Swedish with English subtitles
Director
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Producer
Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Screenwriter
Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin
Editor
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Genre
Documentary, Biography, Experimental, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Middle East, Scandinavia, Animation, LGBTIQ+ Films
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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