The Underground

Short Film – Live Action & Animation
Adapted from Rawi Hage’s best-selling novel, “Cockroach”

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

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The Underground Trailer

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The Underground Press Kit

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Recipient of Canada’s National Screen Institute Drama Prize

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