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Flee

Flugt
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Sweden,
Norway
2021
86 minutes
Danish,
Dari,
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Monica Hellström
Charlotte De La Gournerie
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Shoshi Korman
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Kenneth Ladekjær
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Amin
Uno Helmerson

For many years, Amin was unable to speak about the experience of his flight. It is only now that he finds the courage to open up to his schoolmate, filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen. From earliest childhood Amin’s life was marked by political unrest in his native country of Afghanistan and soon by growing up without a permanent home. His painful memories are visualized in haunting animations, interwoven with documentary footage.

It’s a well-known fact that flight does not lead from point A to point B and then simply ends. Amin’s story, though, shows how rocky and tortuous it can really be, leading from Afghanistan via Russia, Estonia and a few other stations to Denmark. Only when his life is on a safe track with an upcoming wedding and a good career does he find the strength to talk about what he had to go through to be where he is today. In an almost psychoanalytical setting, the protagonist – lying down – talks about his past. The narrative moves in a spiral between then and now, allowing for frequent respites between the traumatic impressions that the poignant animation makes almost physically tangible. It’s no coincidence that “Flee” has already won multiple awards and is considered an “instant classic” even now.
Kim Busch
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Migration
Family Ties
Re-Visions 2020
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Slaves David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Two Southern Sudanese children look back at their experiences of slavery. The authentic 2003 sound recording expands into an animated space in children’s colours.
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Slaves

Slavar
David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Sweden,
Norway,
Denmark
2008
16 minutes
English,
Dinka
subtitles: 
English

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David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn
Medieoperatørene
Pausefilm ApS
Mats Johansson
Magnus Östergren
Anders Nyström
Peter Albrechtsen

Nine-year-old Abuk and 15-year-old Machiek have survived an ordeal. Like many Southern Sudanese children, they were robbed and enslaved by militias. In 2003, after their liberation, they visited Sweden to talk about their experiences. The authentic sound recording expands into animated space and supplies the voiceover for images of fear and memories in children’s colours.

Ralph Eue
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Zustand der Welt
Kids DOK 2021
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Stories from the Shower Teresia Fant
The gym locker room is the epitome of awkward moments in every teenager’s life. Every week the same questions comes up: Shower today, or can I do without?
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Stories from the Shower

Fortellinger fra dusjen
Teresia Fant
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
Norway
2021
25 minutes
Norwegian
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Teresia Fant
Sarah Winge-Sørensen
Geir Fjermestad Rolandsen
Nicolas Lehtola
Teresia Fant
Jonathan Bjerstedt
Anna Nilsson
Filmreaktor

The gym locker room is an unavoidable chapter in the life of teenagers and the epitome of awkward moments. Happy the person who has a relaxed relationship with their body. Teresia Fant’s documentary gives the floor to those who are forced to enter this place every week and ask themselves: Shower today, or can I do without?

Lina Dinkla
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State of the World