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An Iranian refugee experiences North American life by imagining himself as a cockroach, the only living creature that will survive after humanity perishes in the apocalypse.

Inspired by the bestselling novel written by Rawi Hage, The Underground is a visceral and imaginative portrayal of one man’s struggle to fit into western culture as he battles past demons.  Araz has fought to escape the war zone he once called home.  Destined for a fresh start, he arrives in Canada to find that North American life is not what he had dreamed.  In a struggle to overcome poverty and isolation, Araz turns inward in hopes of experiencing the life that eludes him.

Director : Michelle Latimer

Year : 2014

Genre : Fiction

Length : Short

Runtime : 13mins51secs


Country: Canada

Language : English

Production and Sales company : Streel Films

Principal Cast: Omar Hady, Keon Mohajeri, Sistah Lois, Rachelle Whitewind, Spencer Maybee, Jayli Wolf, Darren Hynes, Farah Meranior

Writer: Michelle Latimer

Producer: Tara Woodbury/Kerry Swanson

Executive Producer: Paula Devonshire & Danis Goulet

Director of Photography: Guy Godfree

Production designer: Naz Goshtabpour

Editor: Kye Meechan

Composers: Joseph Murray & Lodewijk Vos

Sound designer: Jane Tattersall & Brennan Mercer

Sound mixer: Joe Morrow

Michelle Latimer is an actor, filmmaker and curator. Her award-winning documentary ALIAS premiered at the 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival before screening internationally. Her animated short, Choke (2010) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, received a Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, was named by Toronto International Film

Festival among Canada’s Top Ten of 2012 and nominated for a Genie Award. Michelle is currently starring in the acclaimed television series, Blackstone and appears as an industry judge on CBC’s Short Film Face Off. In 2013 she was named among Playback Magazine’s 10 To Watch. Michelle is currently developing her first dramatic feature in collaboration with Sienna Films and the National Film Board of Canada.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Telefilm Canada’s “Not so short on talent” Spotlight

2014 TIFF

2014 Imaginenative Film Festival

2014 Sudbury Cinefest

Quebec premiere


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