Under the Shadow

Category: feature
Director: Babak Anavari
Country: United Kingdom, Iran, Jordan, Qatar
Year: 2016
Length: 84'
Production Status: completed


Tehran, 1988: Shideh lives amidst the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Having been accused of subversive behaviour and blacklisted from medical college, she is in a state of malaise. Furthermore, her husband Iraj is at war, leaving her alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa.

A missile hits their apartment building and doesn't explode. Soon afterwards, 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 Djinn. This claim gradually consumes Shideh's fragile mind. She becomes convinced that a force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa and she has no choice but to confront it in order to save her daughter.

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