2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Under the Shadow

Sunday, March 13
11:59PM - 1:25AM

Alamo Ritz 1
320 E 6th St


Hashtags: #sxsw #undertheshadow

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 - malevolent spirits that travel on the wind. She becomes convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa.

Section: Midnighters
Country: Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom
Language: Farsi
Year: 2016
Runtime: 86min

Director: Babak Anvari

Executive Producer: Sanjay Shah, Nick Harbinson, Patrick Fischer, Duncan McWilliam, Khaled Haddad

Producer: Lucan Toh, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill

Screenwriter: Babak Anvari

Cinematographer: Kit Fraser

Editor: Chris Barwell

Production Designer: Nasser Zoubi

Sound Designer: Alex Joseph

Music: Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Donall McCusker

Principal Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi, Ray Haratian, Hamid Djavdan, Nabil Koni


Babak Anvari is an Iranian born, award-winning filmmaker based in London. Since the age of 16 he has been involved in the production of many short films and video art pieces that have been screened in different venues and festivals around the world. His last short film Two & Two was nominated for a BAFTA in 2012.

Distributor: Nate Bolotin

Sales Agent: XYZ Films

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