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Under the Shadow

In the final days of the Iran-Iraq War, doctor in training Shideh (Narges Rashidi) tries without success to resume her studies in Tehran as missiles rain down on the city and residents huddle in makeshift bomb shelters. Her husband Iraj (Bobby Naderi) is also a doctor, but he is called away to fight on the front line of the conflict, leaving Shideh to tend to their young daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). During one bombardment, a missile hits the building, but does not explode. Apparent good fortune turns to misery when Shideh senses a mysterious evil has begun to seep into the apartment, threatening the safety of Dorsa. Aided by her mute landlord, Mr Ebrahimi (Ray Haratian), and some of the other residents, Shideh repels the malevolent force with all her might.