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by Babak Anvari


Tehran, 1988. Shideh lives amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion and blacklisted from medical college, she is in a state of malaise. Furthermore, her husband is at war, leaving her alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Shortly after a missile hits their apartment building but fails to explode, Dorsa falls ill and her behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed. Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbour that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought in djinns – malevolent spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh finds she has no choice but to confront it if she is to save her daughter.

international title: Under the Shadow
original title: Under the Shadow
country: Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom
sales agent: XYZ Films [US]
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Babak Anvari
film run: 84'
screenplay: Babak Anvari
cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi
cinematography by: Kit Fraser
film editing: Chris Barwell
art director: Nasser Zoubi
costumes designer: Phaedra Dahdaleh
music: Gavin Cullen
producer: Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh, Emily Leo
co-producer: Donall McCusker
production: Wigwam Films

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