Flee - Masterclass with Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Join us for a masterclass with Jonas Poher Rasmussen, the director of the double Oscar shortlisted FLEE.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen will be in conversation with SDI's Director, Noe Mendelle, and will talk about the film and take questions from attendees.
By RSVPing to this event, you will receive the Zoom link to join the live masterclass and time-limited access to watch the full version of FLEE (available in the UK only). The film is shortlisted for both the Best International Film and Feature Documentary Oscars this year.
Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old high-achieving academic, 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. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen — his close friend and high-school classmate, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Through heartfelt interviews between Jonas and Amin, FLEE tells an unforgettable story of self-discovery. Showing how only by confronting the past is it possible to carve out a future, and the universal truth that only when you stop fleeing from who you are can you find the true meaning of home.
'Flee is a remarkably humanising and complex film, expanding and expounding the kind of story that’s too easily simplified. Rasmussen has created a loving and unsparing tribute to his friend, a brave survivor whose story I’ll find impossible to forget.' - The Guardian
'It’s activism, therapy, and great cinema all at once.' - IndieWire
Jonas Poher Ramussen is a Danish/French film director born in 1981. He debuted in 2006 with the acclaimed TV documentary Something About Halfdan, followed by a series of radio documentaries from around the world. He graduated from the Danish film school Super16 in 2010.
His feature film debut Searching for Bill, a mix of documentary and fiction, won him the Nordic Dox award at CPH:DOX, and the international competition prize at DocAviv.
In November 2015 he premiered his latest documentary What He Did, which won the prestigious Fipresci (Int. Federation of Film Critics) at Thessaloniki Film Fest. 2016.
His new film FLEE, an animated documentary about a close friend, was officially selected for Cannes 2020.
21 January 2022, 02.00PM - 04.00PM
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