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.
"Yes, I am poor, I am vermin, a bug, and I am at the bottom of the scale. But I still exist."
– Rawi Hage
Written, Produced & Directed by: Michelle Latimer
Producers: Tara Woodbury & Kerry Swanson
Executive Producers: Paula Devonshire & Danis Goulet
Director of Photography: Guy Godfree
Art Direction: Nazgol Goshtasbpour
Editor: Kye Meechan
ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts - Winner Best Short Film
Winner Northern Ontario Film & Music Award - Best Short Film
Winner Yorkton Golden Sheaf Award - Best Short Film
Winner WIFT Award - Best Editing, Best Cinematography
National Screen Institute Drama Prize Winner
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