Saturday, 25 June 2022

We are the World Blogfest - #WATWB Hmb#3 – the Film 'Flee' …

 

Amazing film … our film society put this on for us at our cinema in the Towner art gallery … where 'avant-garde' films are shown …


Poster for the film 'Flee'


Well - I came out and wrote on my crit sheet one word … 'Exceptional' … it is the most extraordinary films I've ever seen …





The animation is fabulous … the story, based on real life … where archival film footage of events in Afghanistan and this refugee journey have been blended into the animated documentary …



A screen capture of 'Amin'

No wonder the film, Flee, has received unanimous acclaim from film festivals and critics …




it is a wonderful example of the power of art to connect with people on a variety of levels: emotionally, philosophically, historically ...


Another screen capture of the back of a 
truck being closed down ... at the start
of the fleeing journey

I do hope you will all make a plan to see this film – it will have to be one of the most moving stories I have ever seen …




Brought to us by two friends … the refugee, Amin Nawabi, a pseudonym, and the Danish director, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, who creates this emotionally charged film on Amin's escape from Afghanistan …


The director, and Amin's friend in Denmark
Even, the director, Poher Rasmussen is not fully cognisant of 'Amin's' story until the friends sit down in Denmark, where the untelling of the tale occurs and all the nuances appear … 


... which are revealed to Poher Rasmussen, and through the revealing to us, the audience …



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This animated documentary: 'Depicts the refugee experience through vivid animation, pushing the boundaries of documentary film-making to present a moving memoir of self-discovery …'


It has to be seen to be believed … please watch!



The Towner Cinema's introduction to the film can be found here …


The Wikipedia page about the film


Flee trailer c/o Sundance 2021 - 1 min 26 secs



Hilary Melton-Butcher

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27 comments:

Debbie D. said...

Thanks for sharing the info about this film, Hilary. To tell such a tragic, human story using animation is a unique idea! I will definitely check it out.

Kathy G said...

Thank you. I will be on the lookout for the film.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. I don't usually 'do' films but will certainly check this out when/if it arrives. And how I wish it was fiction. For so many people, the world over.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yes, that looks worth keeping an eye out for... YAM xx

retirementreflections said...

Thank you for this review, Hilary. I will definitely look for this film

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I also thank you for this

Elephant's Child said...

I think I have been classified as spam again. I wonder what google/blogger knows about me?

Jacqui Murray said...

I love to find a movie so touching. I will see if it shows up out here anywhere.

Hels said...

I had not heard of Flee before, and life in Afghanistan makes me very anxious in any case. The Spectator agreed with me, saying few films about Afghanistan have really set the box office alight, because the subject has remained too raw for serious audiences.

Every review I read used the same words: persecution, corruption, trials, victimisation, heart wrenching, escape and finally peace. Could you sleep, afterwards?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Debbie - thank you ... I'm sure you'll appreciate the film - it is extraordinary ...

@ Kathy - delighted you'll be looking out for the film ...

@ EC - I've rescued you ... I do always check 'my rejected' comments and drag you out! But hadn't in time before your second comment ...

I totally agree with you re wishing what's happening around the world was fiction ... while this film is so interesting and informative ... I appreciate the creativity used in telling the story ... in the end it is positive ...

@ Yam - that's great to know you'll look out for it ...

@ Donna - thank you ... it is a superb telling of a horrendous story ... with some new aspects to me, I hadn't appreciated before ...

@ Jo-Anne - thank you ...

@ EC - see above ...

@ Jacqui - great ... it is so well worth it ...

@ Hels - it's only recently been brought out ... and is gaining appreciation by the people in the industry ...

Yes I could sleep afterwards and now spend a lot of time thinking about the creativity of the film, as well as the horrors of the necessity of needing to let the world know more ... I do think of refugees all the time ... they're coming across the Channel in boats all the time - while the new decision to send people off to Rwanda - to my mind is appalling and I'm horrified ...

Anyway - thank you to you all for taking on board the value of seeing this film ... it is so worthwhile - all the best to the world - thank you - Hilary

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am not a movie fan at all, Hilary, but this kind of documentary is well worth looking out for, and I will do just that. I wonder if it might be available on You Tube at some point.

Dan said...

This is a great story, Hilary. Thank you so much for keeping the spirit of WATWB alive and well.

Anabel Marsh said...

Sounds tremendous.

DMS said...

This sounds amazing and so important to see. I will definitely keep my eye out for it. Thanks for the information and recommendation. :)
~Jess

D.G. Kaye said...

I hadn't heard of this doc before Hilary. I will definitely watch it. Thank you for sharing this with us. Hugs xx

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a good film.

Keith's Ramblings said...

This film is surely unique in the way it tells its moving story. One to look out for. Thanks for introducing it to us Hilary.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ David - yes I can understand your feelings about movies - I particularly enjoy the avant-garde ones - there are clips now ... but at some stage I'm sure it'll get to YouTube ... I see it's available on various sites ...

@ Dan - thank you ... the film is so well worth seeing - the creative way in which it is told is just brilliant. Also I just enjoy posting positive things ... thank you: #WATWB is a great idea ...

@ Anabel - it's quite outstanding ...

@ Jess - so worthwhile - and you being so creative will appreciate the way this film is put together ...

@ Debby - it was only released last year ... but so brilliant, despite the subject ... it is informative, yet has hope ...

@ Keith - thanks - I'm sure you'll enjoy it ...

Thanks to you all - it looks like it's available on various sites - so worth it ... cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Sounds like an important film to watch. Thanks for letting us know about it, Hilary!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Thank you for the review, Hilary. Definitely putting it on my TBV, don't know if I'll be able to access it here but will keep my eyes peeled.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Elizabeth - it is, I think, an important film to watch ... from various points of view - the history and journey of 'Amin' the refugee, but also from the way the film has been brought together into excellent story telling ...

@ Nila - thanks ... it's well worth it - there are some clips around, so at least you grasp the concept of the way it's been made ...

Thanks to you both - I do hope you'll have a chance to watch at some stage - cheers Hilary

Denise Covey said...

Hi Hilary! Thanks for sharing this film. Definitely on my list to see.

BTW, we're trying to contact Lenny but he's not answering his emails. Do you have a way to contact him? (He's the winner of WEP this month!)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Denise - the film is so so good ...

I've emailed Lenny - hopefully he'll reply later on ...

Great that you've reached out ... more important that he's won the prize - he writes so well.

Cheers to you and all 'down under' - Hilary

mail4rosey said...

How can I not want to see it after such a glowing recommendation??! Certainly piqued my curiosity. I will see it if given the chance. Have a wonderful day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - it is a great film - a fascinating form of film writing - let alone the story itself. Delighted to read you'll be on the look out for it - cheers Hilary

Damyanti Biswas said...

Thank you for that wonderful review Hilary :) Will check this film out, sounds very interesting!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Pleasure Damyanti - it is a superb film ... just an extraordinary way to tell a story ... just enjoy, it is so interesting ... cheers Hilary