Presented by Penn's Perry World House, LGBT Center, and Wolf Humanities Center
Nominated for three categories at the 2022 Academy Awards, animated film Flee tells an extraordinary story of love, trauma, and resilience. Directed by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen and based on the life story of his childhood friend, Flee follows Afghan refugee Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years – one that threatens to disrupt the life he has built for himself in Europe with his future husband. Beginning with the death of his father in Kabul when he was a young child, Flee tells the story of Amin’s family’s flight from Afghanistan in the 1980s; their long wait in Moscow for immigration papers to settle in Europe; and how Amin made his home in Denmark, separated from his family.
Join Perry World House, the LGBT Center, and the Wolf Humanities Center for a conversation about this acclaimed film and the complex themes it explores.
“Making Flee gave me new insights into the drastic consequences of fleeting home, especially as a child like Amin,” says Rasmussen. “I understood what it’s like to have a deep secret that you cannot share with anyone, but which will always be a silent presence in that person’s relationships.”
Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He also teaches courses at the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice on topics such as US Immigration Law, International Human Rights and Refugee Law, and Non Profit Leadership. He served as Legal Officer with both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Program. He also served as the first director of Swarthmore College’s Intercultural Center, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, advisor to the Provost on Equal Opportunity, and lecturer on International Human Rights in the Peace and Conflict Studies. He currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Philadelphia Cov-19 Fund, which has raised 18M for grants to local nonprofits. He recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Foundation, serving on its Grantsmaking Committee. He is co-editor of Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (2nd ed. NY: Springer Publication, 2016) and contributing author to diverse publications. He is a recipient of both the 2011 and 2018 Penn Law Public Interest Supervisor/Advisor of the Year Award honoring outstanding project supervisors and advisors; and the 2016 recipient of the Law School Beacon Award, recognizing exemplary commitment to pro bono work by a Penn Law faculty member.
Graeme Reid is the Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. An expert on LGBT rights, he has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. He is author of How to be a Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-Town South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013). Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Reid was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University, where he continues to teach as a visiting lecturer. An anthropologist by training, Reid received a Master’s from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam.