Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old high-achieving academic, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen — his close friend and high-school classmate, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Through heartfelt interviews between Jonas and Amin, FLEE tells an unforgettable story of self-discovery. Showing how only by confronting the past it is possible to carve out a future, and the universal truth that only when you stop fleeing from who you are you can find the true meaning of home.
Original Title: Flugt
Original Languages: Danish, Russian, English
Production Countries: Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Direction: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Script: Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin Nawabi
Production: Monica Hellström
Co-Production: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte De La Gournerie, Jean-François Le Corre, Mathieu Courtois, Charlotte Most, Maria Ekerhovd
Editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production Design: Jess Nicholls
Sound: Tormod Ringnes
Original Score: Uno Helmerson
About the director
Jonas Poher Ramussen (writer, director) is a Danish/French film director born in 1981. He debuted in 2006 with the acclaimed TV documentary SOMETHING ABOUT HALFDAN, followed by a series of radio documentaries from around the world. He graduated from the Danish film school Super16 in 2010. His feature film debut SEARCHING FOR BILL, a mix of documentary and fiction, won him the Nordic Dox award at CPH:DOX, and the international competition prize at DocAviv. His film FLEE, an animated documentary about a close friend, was officially selected for Cannes 2020 but premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 due to the pandemic.