In 1989, the withdrawal of the USSR from Afghanistan sparked chaos in the country and a flood of refugees seeking to escape persecution; a terrible event with unmistakable echoes in the present day.
Flee isn’t a tale of Afghanistan, but of an Afghani: Amin, an academic preparing to marry his long- term boyfriend. Amin isn’t his real name – but this hybrid documentary is a real story of his tumultuous escape from his homeland retold primarily using animation.
One of the best reviewed films out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Flee offers poignant insight into Amin’s journey. Not only his tragic trip from Afghanistan – through Russia and Estonia – to Denmark, but also through his own psyche as he comes to term with his sexuality and psychological scars.