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Denmark, France, Sweden · 2021
1h 29m
Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Starring Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, Belal Faiz
Genre Animation, Documentary

Part memoir, part documentary, this animated film recounts the story of Amin Nawabi. On the eve of his marriage to his soon-to-be husband, he grapples with his past as a refugee from his home country of Afghanistan, a secret he has kept hidden for 20 years.

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Screen Daily by

Rasmussen’s consideration of one man’s journey sheds light on the emotional legacy that can linger even after sanctuary is found.


The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

Flee is a remarkably humanising and complex film, expanding and expounding the kind of story that’s too easily simplified.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Flee becomes his cinematic catharsis, as Amin recounts his journey in fits and starts, while the animation turns his memories into a bracing adventure that doubles as modern history.


CineVue by Matthew Anderson

Blurring traditional boundaries of documentary with rich, beautiful animation in many shades and colours, the Danish director has a great deal invested in telling this story.


Film Threat by Norman Gidney

Through a bracing pastiche of methods, we are taken on a harrowing journey that must have A-list directors, this very minute clamoring for option rights. It is beautiful and gripping; Flee is a must-see.


Variety by Peter Debruge

In the end, however we take Amin’s story, the film is an incredibly intimate act of sharing. The question shouldn’t be whether we can trust Amin, but whether he can trust us enough to reveal himself fully. Truth be told, we don’t need to see or know everything to respect the gift of hearing all that he’s been through.

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