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Shown: January 4, 2018 at 6pm

Director : Babak Anvari

Country : Jordan / Qatar

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 84 mins

Language : Persian

Subtitles : Yes

Amidst the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 1980s, Shideh elects to stay in the city with her daughter Dorsa despite the protests of her husband Iraj, a doctor working for the military who has been assigned to an area of heavy fighting.  As the shelling of the city intensifies, a missile strikes their building leading to the death of an upstairs neighbour. Dorsa’s behaviour worsens, desperately hunting for her lost doll and, believing there is a presence in the house, Shideh becomes convinced a Djinn has attached itself to the family.  The astonishing directorial debut of Babak Anvari, the film was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

As much a study of a changing society as it is a story of evil spirits. The movie is first fascinating, then terrifying.”  (Noel Murray – Los Angeles Times)