Part ghost story, part social thriller with cutting political commentary, the film is already considered a genre classic and is set for release on Blu-ray on 20th November 2023 courtesy of Second Sight Films.
1988 Tehran, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is rejected by her medical school as a consequence of her politically active history. Her husband is sent off to serve in the Iran-Iraq War. Iraqi air raids are drawing perilously close to their own apartment.
As neighbours and friends flee from a city in chaos, Shideh and her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) are left on their own. But Dorsa starts to become increasingly ill and disturbed. Tantrums sparked by a missing doll are initially dismissed, but as they worsen Shideh becomes terrified that they've been targeted by a djinn - a malevolent spirit that steals from those it seeks to possess.
Drawing comparisons to Jennifer Kent's breakout hit The Babadook for its nuanced exploration of motherhood through horror, Under the Shadow also unflinchingly examines the female experience of war and of everyday suppression and the demons it creates.
Take a look Under the Shadow ... if you dare.
- Two & Two Babak Anvari's BAFTA Award nominated short film
- Escaping the Shadow: a new interview with director Babak Anvari
- Within the Shadow: a new interview with actor Narges Rashidi
- Forming the Shadow: a new interview with producers Lucan Toh and Oliver Roskill
- Shaping the Shadow: a new interview with cinematographer Kit Fraser
- A new audio commentary with Babak Anvari and Jamie Graham
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.