‘Flee’: Migration, Memory and Resilience (Migration and Social Justice Film Series)

Cartoon of man in white shirt in front of a window. A city skyline can be seen in the distance

Federation Hall
5/7-17 Grant Street


The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is pleased to be partnering with Screening Ideas to present the  Migration and Social Justice film series.

Join us on Tuesday 12 April for a screening and discussion of Flee.

The screening will be accompanied by a presentation from University of Melbourne researcher Farnaz Shahimi.

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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 in Denmark. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen – his close friend and high-school classmate – he recalls for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to his contemporary life as a queer man living in the West. Using beautiful animation, Rasmussen brings recorded interviews with Amin to life in thrilling detail, weaving an unforgettable story of migration, resilience and self-discovery. Flee has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature, and Best International Feature.

Continue the conversation after the screening over canapes and drinks.

Registration is free but capacity is strictly limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.


Farnaz Shahimi

Farnaz Shahimi is a Graduate Researcher at the Child and Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

She has a background in clinical psychology and has worked as a psychosocial counsellor for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iran. Her current research focuses on the childhood experience of forced migration, resilience and sense of identity among young people from Afghanistan.

Farnaz is also a member of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies.