- Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
- Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
- Producer: Charlotte de La Gournerie, Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen
We have all watched documentaries with blurred-out faces. Anonymity is crucial for many stories to be told...as powerful as those stories are, usually, there's a disconnect by the audience...you've got to put a face to the voice to really connect.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen has found a resolution and a solution to the anonymous 'disconnect' - he animates the story and the man...this is not just documentary, this is an animated docu-drama...that - most certainly and assuredly - connects.
The freedom to interpret and mold memories - like plasticine - lie in the filmmakers' hands...in less capable hands, this could have been a disaster. No fear here...this is craftsmanship, from the colour palette to the extrication of the story.
All lives are made up of truths and lies...lies are easier and come in different colours. Truths are hardcore, they can be as comforting as they can be punishing. For many, personal truth is a continuous process, it flows along with [your] maturity...how many times has a memory popped into your head and you suddenly realise the idiocy of that situation, feeling the regret that it brought...age can be the great leveller.
This film may be Amin's great leveller...he has told his lies, he has shared his truths...it really is a deeply affecting [and beautiful] film.
Now...comes the awards.
An animated documentary telling the true story about a man's need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. For the first time, he is sharing his story with his close friend.
Cast & Characters
Daniel Karimyar (as Amin (9-11 years old))
Fardin Mijdzadeh (as Amin (15-18 years old))
Milad Eskandari (as Saif (8 years old))
Belal Faiz (as Saif (13-19 years old))
Elaha Faiz (as Fahima (13-18 years old))
Zahra Mehrwarz (as Fahima (28 years old))
Sadia Faiz (as Sabia (16-26 years old))
Georg Jagunov (as Human Trafficker)
Navid Nazir (as Boy in truck)
Hafiz Højmark (as Son of old lady)
Denis Rivin (as Policeman 1)
Vadim Nedaskovskij (as Policeman 2)
Viktor Melnikov (as Russian TV Dubber)
Mikhail Belinson (as Human Trafficker)
Ditte Graa Wulff (as Red Cross Lady)
Bo Asdal Andersen (as Policeman)
The Dungeon Master (as Rude Dane)
Behrouz Bigdeli (as Translator)
Christian Torp Carlsen (as Real Estate Agent)
Gustaf Georg Lindström (as Swedish Bartender)
Tormod Ringnes (as Norwegian cruise Captain)
Susanna Azevedo (as Mexican Soap Opera Woman)
Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda (as Mexican Soap Opera Man)
Rashid Aitouganov (as Voiceover)