‘Flee’ Review: Doc Explores the Layers of Truth in Afghan Refugee’s Survival Story

‘Flee’ Review: Doc Explores the Layers of Truth in Afghan Refugee’s Survival Story
Amin Nawabi is not the real name of the Afghan refugee introduced in the Sundance movie “Flee,” nor is that his real face, which has been distorted by animation to protect his identity. As “Flee” unfolds, you may also start to question whether the story Amin shares is even real, doubling back and contradicting itself as it does over the course of director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s unconventional portrait.

There’s a good reason for such subterfuge. “Flee,” which would have premiered at Cannes last year had the coronavirus not capsized the festival, is an original artistic exploration of the way that trauma impacts one’s sense of self. Its shifting and somewhat unreliable form intuitively reflects how its subject has hidden the truth of his past from others over the years, including his partner, Kasper, and his longtime friend, the director.

Rasmussen met Amin when they were both teens in Denmark,
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