Sunday, March 20, 2022
3:00 p.m. Film screening
4:30 p.m. Pre-recorded conversation with the director
Health and security
Groundbreaking, Oscar-nominated animated documentary To run away tells the story of Amine Nawabi and his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. As Amin speaks with the director Jonah Phar Rasmussenhe grapples with a painful secret he’s been hiding for 20 years, a secret that threatens to derail the life he’s built for himself and that of his future husband. To run away is a timely and timeless exploration of the effects of war and displacement, and the consequences of coming to terms with one’s past.
Oscar nominee in three categories – Best International Film, Best Documentary Feature and Best Animated Feature – To run away made Oscar history. Asia Society Texas is thrilled to bring one of the most acclaimed and award-winning films of the year to Houston, one week before the Academy Awards. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the director.
Awards and Nominations: National Society of Film Critics – Best Non-Fiction Film; 2021 New York Film Critics Circle – Best Non-Fiction Film; 2021 British Independent Film Awards – Best International Independent Film; Sundance Film Festival 2021 – World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize; Golden Globe Awards 2021 – Nomination for Best Animated Feature; Cannes Film Festival 2021 – Official Selection
About the director
Jonas Poher Rasmussen is a Franco-Danish director born in 1981. He made his debut in 2006 with the acclaimed television documentary Something about Halfdan, followed by a series of radio documentaries from around the world. He graduated from the Danish film school Super16 in 2010. His film debut Invoice search, a mix of documentary and fiction, earned him the Nordic Dox prize at CPH:DOX, and the international competition prize at DocAviv. In November 2015, he premiered his documentary What he did, which won the prestigious Fipresci (International Federation of Film Critics) at Thessaloniki Film Fest. 2016. His new film To run awayan animated documentary about a close friend, was officially selected at Cannes 2020, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the best doc award at Gothenburg and the Cristal at Annecy among others.
The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing programming and exceptional exhibitions at Asia Society Center texan.
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.