REAF 2022 - Lotterywest Films: Two Sands and Flee

Two Sands and Flee screen one after the other on The Shelf at REAP, Saturday 26 March.
Doors open 7pm, film screenings begin 7.50pm

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TWO SANDS (Australia)
Short film, 7 mins

As Garang struggles on his first day at high school in Australia, memories of being lost in South Sudan are triggered. When past and present collide, Garang must find a way to bridge the gap between where he is and where he's come from. 

Director: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Cast: Garang John Deng, Tyroe Muhafidin, John Deng Geu, Nhial Majok
Writers: Kook Manuer, Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Cinematographer: Lewis Potts
Editor: Dominic Pearce
Producers: Lauren Brunswick, David Kucha
Music: Ned Beckley

Notes: Dinka with English subtitles


FLEE (Denmark)
Feature length, 89 mins

Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old academic in Denmark, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years. He opens up to his close friend, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, telling for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Told mostly through animation, with some additional archival footage, Flee weaves together a stunning tapestry of reflections to tell the deeply affecting story of a man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the real meaning of home.  
Despite the harrowing stakes, the film finds many moments of light and humour, revelling in the joys of pop culture, young romance and small acts of kindness. Amin’s courage in confronting his deepest fears is a powerful act to experience in this artful telling.  
Pushing the boundary of the documentary hybrid form, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner breaks bold new ground in animation and confessional narrative with an extraordinary true story that is heartbreaking, moving and impossible to forget. 
Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Cast: Anonymous, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Daniel Karimyar, Rashid Aitouganov
Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Music: Uno Helmersson

Notes: Danish, English, Dari, Russian and Swedish with English subtitles
Rated M - Mature themes and coarse language



A big thank you to Lotterywest and the Perth Festival Touring WA program, made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation.