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Under The Shadow
Dir. Babak Anvari, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, UK, 84 mins, 2016, subtitled.
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.
Babak Anvari is an Iranian-born, award-winning filmmaker based in London. In 2012, Anvari was selected as one of the eight rising stars in film and media at Cristal Festival Europe’s Young Directors Forum. His short film Two & Two was nominated for a BAFTA in 2012.
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