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Under the Shadow

by Babak Anvari Special Screenings

As bombs rain from the sky at the height of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, the young mother Shideh and her daughter, Dorsa, take cover in their apartment block. When a missile hits their apartment building, a neighbour dies in mysterious circumstances. Following this, Dorsa’s behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania, in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbour that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought with it Djinn – malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind… Masterfully staged in the style of early Polanski films, the psychological horror-drama UNDER THE SHADOW caused a sensation at this year’s Sundance Festival.


  • Genre: Horror
  • Country, Year: UK, Jordan, Qatar, 2016
  • Runtime: 84 Min
  • Languages: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Babak Anvari
  • Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian
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  • Screenplay: Babak Anvari
  • Cinematography: Kit Fraser
  • Editor: Chris Barwell
  • Music: Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray
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  • Producers: Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill, Emily Leo
  • Co-Producer: Donal McCusker
  • Executive Producers: Sanjay Shah, Nick Harbinson, Patrick Fischer, Duncan McWilliam, Khaled Haddad
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  • Production Company: Wigwam Films
  • World Sales: The Festival Agency
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