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
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 Imaginenative Film Festival
2014 Sudbury Cinefest