Flee Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen Talks His Oscar-Nominated Movie

For more than half of his life, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen has wanted to make a film about his friend Amin.

“We first met in my hometown in Denmark when I was 15, and back then I was already curious about why he came”, Rasmussed explained to Zavvi. “But he didn’t want to talk about it, which I’ve always respected. However, this thing he didn’t want to talk about became a black box in our friendship.”

Now, Amin’s story of escaping Afghanistan as a teenager has finally been told in Rasmussen’s widely acclaimed animated documentary Flee.


Since premiering at Sundance early last year, the film has moved audiences worldwide, and has this week become the first film to be nominated for Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature, and Best International Film (as Denmark’s official submission) at the Oscars.

In this month’s issue of our free digital magazine The Lowdown, we spoke to Rasmussen about the challenges of making an animated documentary, and why he doesn’t want this film to be considered as simply a “refugee story”.

Read the full feature here.

Flee is released in cinemas and via Curzon on demand from Friday 11th February.

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Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder


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