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The Evening: 
Film and Panel Talk

What is life like for queer people seeking asylum and queer refugees?

This evening session will watch the award-winning film 'Flee' after a wine and juice reception. This powerful animated film follows the story of a man under the alias Amin Nawabi, who shares his hidden past of fleeing his home country of Afghanistan to Denmark for the first time, discovering his queer identity along the journey. This film will be followed by a panel discussion with former queer refugees, queer people seeking asylum, and their allies. We warmly welcome you to join us.

Flee had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in 2021, where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section.

What is the evening session about?

"Depicting the refugee experience through vivid animation, Flee pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking to present a moving memoir of self-discovery" (Rotten Tomatoes).


Flee has a score of 91 out of 100 based on reviews from 33 critics, indicating "universal acclaim" on Metacritic.

Join our evening event to find out why and to meet our panel guests.

The event will be held in Murray Library Lecture Theatre, at City Campus, at the University of Sunderland. This is held on the same campus as the day event.


The layout of the evening event will be the following:


  • 19:30 - 19:45: Reception drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

  • 19:45 - 21:15: Film viewing (90 minutes).

  • 21:15 - 22:00: Panel discussion with audience questions.

For details about some of our confirmed panel members, please see the slideshow below. Please note that panel members may be added as they confirm, increasing our panel diversity. 

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Maz Islam

Mazharul Islam (Maz) is a queer activist from Bangladesh who fled his country on the 29th April 2016, after the murder of his two Bangladeshi queer activist friends by religious extremists in Dhaka on 25 April 2016.


He was one of the pioneer members and management board member of the online LGBTQIA+ group: ‘Boys of Bangladesh’ which is considered to be one of the first online platforms for the Bangladeshi queer community. 

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