Flee

An intimate and powerful film, Flee shows the life of Amin, a gay Afghani refugee who fled to Denmark during the Afghan Civil War in the 90s.

Mixing animation and archival footage, it is a memoir of Amin’s life up until he finds refuge. Simultaneously, it has contemporary scenes where Amin and the filmmaker discuss what he feels comfortable talking about and what he wants to get from their work together. In these scenes you get to see Amin with his Danish partner Kasper, and get hints of how his journey has affected him even now.

You come to a refugee story thinking you know what the hard parts are going to be, the travel across the sea, dodging the police. But it’s the things that you don’t consider that leave the lasting mark. How Amin has to say or do anything to get to Denmark, but once he’s there, he’s left with all these fractured narratives, all these stories he’s had to tell to survive, and how hard that is to assimilate back into a whole. This film is the first time he has ever told the true complete story of his journey. He’s lived with lies his entire adult life because there is a constant sense of insecurity, that anything he’s said in the past can be used to destroy his life now.

At heart this is a film about a family trying to survive, how they try to save one another, and somehow stay together despite being miles apart. Really moving.