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Flee (2021)

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The extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

Review: (Warning: Spoilers)

This animated documentary tells the story of Amin Nawabi who escapes Afghanistan after the country falls to the Taliban. They initially escape to Moscow, and we follow Amin’s story of smuggling his family to Sweden where his brother is. The animation – the only live-action footage is archival or news footage – is beautiful and brings to life the story. I was absolutely enthralled by Amin’s story. In many ways what struck me most was – at some points – how mundane it is. While Amin and his family endure terrible suffering – being smuggled onto a closed ship space where people die from lack of air or flooding – it is not all dramatic all the time. Instead, Amin’s describes fleeing to Russia where he and his family remained in a soul-draining limbo of watching Mexican soap operas, unable to leave their apartment because of their lack of papers. This mundane image hit me a lot.