panelist-2-2014An 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, director Michelle Latimer‘s The Underground is a visceral and imaginative portrayal of one man’s struggle to fit into western culture as he battles past demons. —  Streel Films

Michelle is an alumna of the Toronto Film Festival’s Talent Lab and the inaugural STUDIO Producer’s Program. She programs for both the ImagineNATIVE and Hot Docs International Film Festivals. In 2013, she was named among Playback’s 10 To Watch. Her latest short film, The Underground, was selected for Cannes 2014: Telefilm Not Short on Talent. She is currently developing her first hybrid feature in collaboration with Sienna Films and the National Film Board of Canada.

The Underground premieres tonight, July 5th on television: CBC’s Canadian Reflections  at 11:30PM EST.  Here’s the trailer.

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