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Flee coming to Disney+ UK

June 15, 2022

Multi-award-winning, animated documentary Flee will debut on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland on July 15th. A powerful and innovative story exploring the refugee experience from the inside, the feature gives a voice to one man’s moving story.

Told mostly through animation, Flee weaves together a tapestry of images and memories to tell the deeply affecting story of a man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the real meaning of home.

The film is director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s first foray into the realm of animated documentary and tells the story of his childhood friend’s extraordinary physical and emotional journey from Afghanistan to finally building a new home in Denmark. The pseudonymous Amin Nawabi’s identity is protected by Rasmussen’s use of animation, with this device becoming a fitting metaphor for the truths we present to the world. Having known each other since they were fifteen years old, Amin and Rasmussen are close friends, but it was only through making this film that Rasmussen learned the real details of his friend’s journey.

Throughout a series of recorded interviews, Amin tells of his childhood in Afghanistan and the circumstances that forced him and his family to flee when the Mujahideen came to power, finally finding a home in Denmark where he was eventually able to express his sexuality. Now, about to marry his partner, Amin decided he was ready and able to tell his whole story.

Flee has won over 80 awards and received over 135 nominations, including winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section at Sundance. It won the award for Best Feature Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. At the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was second runner-up for the People’s Choice Award for Documentaries. It was nominated for two Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards (Best Feature and Best Director). It won the National Board of Review’s NBR Freedom of Expression, received a nomination for Golden Globe Award (Best Animated Feature), two BAFTA nominations (Best Animated Film and Best Documentary), and three nomination for this year’s Academy Awards (Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film).

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