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Presented by VIVID x Golden Age of Humanity guest curator Craig Foster



This acclaimed documentary uses animation interspersed with archival footage to tell an extraordinary story of perseverance and hope. In conversation with director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin Nawabi recounts his harrowing journey as a child, an odyssey that took him from Afghanistan through Sweden and Russia before settling as a refugee in Denmark. Separated from all that he knew Amin 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.

This film will screen with the premiere of the 20-minute short film The Forgotten People, a documentary produced by Amnesty International in which Craig Foster travels to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee camp with 1 million Rohinga refugees.

About the Curator: Craig Foster AM was the 2023 NSW Australian of the Year, is a celebrated athlete, broadcaster and human rights advocate. With 29 caps as a Socceroo and a tenure as Captain of Crystal Palace FC, when he hung up his boots he then transitioned into a respected broadcaster at SBS for 20+ years and human rights champion. Foster's efforts include saving a Bahraini refugee, assisting Afghan women and girls escape the Taliban, and leading the 'Game Over' campaign for refugee freedom. Holding degrees in sport and law, Foster is also a prominent figure in anti-racism campaigns and continues to advocate for change through his speaking and writing.

Why You Should See This Film

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Best International Film and Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, Flee swept its categories at Sundance and the Annecy Animation Film Festival, making its way onto numerous "Best Of" lists (including that of Bong Joon-ho, who called it “the most moving piece of cinema I saw this year”). The use of animation as a medium in an inspired choice, navigating the spaces in between distorted memory and allowing its subject to navigate his own trauma in a way both intimate and respectful.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Amin Nawabi, Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari
89 minutes
Danish and Farsi with English subtitles, English

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