‘Flee’ (2021) | Movie Review

Directed By:

Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Written By:

Amin Nawabi, Jonas Poher Rasmussen


Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari


Documentary, Animation

Rated: PG-13 for thematic content, disturbing images and strong language

Animation is an incredibly underrated genre that keeps surpassing and innovating itself. In this Animated film we have a documentary about Amin Nawabi as he talks about his life as a young refugee from Afghanistan, his secrets from his past that may affect his future, all told mainly via animation in a use of the genre that is both incredible and unique unto itself.

This first is an incredible story. The way the director showcases Amin and his story told in a creative way like this is revolutionary. I was immersed from start to finish and felt so much for Amin and his journey. Even though you really never see Amin in person, you can see him through his animated character and it still feels tangible and true to his emotions conveyed via his voice.

The way this documentary explains the refugee crisis, the social stigmas and cultural wars that affect everyone in that region is told through animation and some real life footage. I liked the way they incorporated the real life footage against the animation and it never felt jarring or out of place.

I can honestly see ‘Flee’ turning into the best animated film for this year. Disney and Pixar typically are the frontrunners but there is something so special about this film that makes me want to recommend everyone who know what we can do with the animated format should watch. People who only see animation as kids stories and such, I urge you to check this film out and see for yourself.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.
Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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