Animation| English | 90 minutes
In Copenhagen, film director Jonas Poher Rasmussen is interviewing Amin Nawabi, a man he has known since they were teen-agers. Jonas is planning to produce a documentary of Amin’s harrowing escape from the ravages of the civil war in Afghanistan. Amin’s father is imprisoned following the outbreak of the Afghan-Soviet War. The oldest son, Abbas, escaped to Sweden. Abbas arranges for his sisters to flee Sweden while Amin is able to reach Copenhagen. Amin, being a refugee and gay, is stressed with the close-calls he has endured, the plight of his family,and the emotional exhaustion fleeing from one country to another. Amin tells Jonas after years of constantly being on guard, he simply wants settle down.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
- Metacritic Score: 91
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best International Film
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Animated Film
- Sundance Film Festival: Winner, World Cinema Documentary Competition
- National Board of Review: Winner, Top Documentary
- New York Film Critics Online: Winner, Best Documentary
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Animated Film
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An Afghan refugee confronts his past in a masterly animated documentary. A long hard journey from Kabul to Copenhagen is relived in Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s ultimately uplifting film – a deserving awards contender.
FLEE may be about a pressing global issue – the plight of refugees displaced by war and other emergencies since the 1980s – but it’s also about a specific person’s life. Less a sociological case study than a psychological portrait, FLEE is both probing and tactful.
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