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FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he 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, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.


    Remarkable refugee story told with heart and audacity.
    Flee is a remarkably humanizing and complex film, expanding and expounding the kind of story that’s too easily simplified.
    Benjamin Lee
    “Flee” made news ahead of its Sundance premiere when news broke that Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were boarding the project as executive producers and to lend their voices for the movie’s English-language dub.
    Zack Sharf
    There have been countless movies about the immigration crisis, but none of them have the sheer ingenuity of “Flee”.
    Eric Kohn
    Flee, at its heart, is about how constantly having to flee our situation can affect us in our day to day lives and relationships.
    Art Director Jess Nicholls
    Although the interviews function almost like therapy, there's nothing didactic here, nothing clinical or overly analytical. Instead, there's a kind of spontaneous purity to the storytelling, built on the empathetic connection established between the filmmaker and his subject.
    David Rooney

Festival Participation

  • Academy Awards, USA - 2022
    Oscar Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
  • Academy Awards, USA - 2022
    Oscar Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film
  • Academy Awards, USA - 2022
    Oscar Nominee, Best International Feature Film
  • BAFTA Awards - 2022
    Nominee, Best Documentary
  • Sundance Film Festival - 2021
    Winner, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Documentary
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists - 2022
    EDA Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival - 2021
    Winner, Best Original Music for a Feature Film
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival - 2021
    Cristal Winner, Best Feature
  • Annie Awards - 2022
    Winner, Best Animated Independent Feature
  • Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US - 2022
    Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
  • Danish Film Awards (Robert) - 2022
    Winner, Best Documentary
  • European Film Awards - 2021
    Winner, European Documentary
  • Gold Derby Awards - 2022
    Winner, Documentary Feature
  • Hollywood Critics Association - 2022
    HCA Award Nominee, Best Documentary Film
  • National Board of Review, USA - 2021
    Winner, Freedom of Expression Award
  • Nordisk Film Award - 2021

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