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Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Denmark | Documentary | 90

7 Nov
Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen is expected to attend.


Winner of the 2021 Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at Sundance, this moving animated portrait tells the story of Amin (not his real name), a refugee from Afghanistan, currently residing in Denmark. Fleeing multiple crises in their homeland and across several continents, Amin relates not only his family’s harrowing escape, but also coming to terms with being gay in a society that has no word for homosexual. In an innovative and revelatory stylistic choice, Rasmussen tells the story predominantly with animation, changing the visual style to reflect different moods as Amin reflects on both his past and the present.

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Born in Denmark, Jonas Poher Rasmussen graduated from the Copenhagen film collective Super16 in 2010. He made his feature debut with the portrait film Noget om Halfdan (2006). Searching for Bill (2012), a mix of documentary and fiction, won the Nordic Dox Award at CPH:DOX and the international competition at DocAviv. He also directed the documentary What He Did (2015), which won the film critics’ Fipresci award at Thessaloniki Film Festival. Flee (2020) celebrated its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2021, where it won the main prize in the World Cinema Documentary competition.

Film Details

Language Danish, English, Russian, Swedish, Dari

Year 2020

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 90

Country Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Executive Producer Riz Ahmed, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Danny Gabai, Natalie Farrey, Jannat Gargi, Hayley Pappas, Matt Ippolito, Philippa Kowarsky

Producer Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte de La Gourmerie

Writer Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen

Cinematographer Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda

Music Uno Helmersson