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Underdown (Taht Al Taht)

Qumra Projects

Sarah Kaskas / Feature Documentary / Lebanon, Germany, Qatar / 2019 / 90 min / DCP2K
In Arabic
Interests: Social Issues, Immigration, Identity, Children, Creative Documentary, Women Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Moving to Beirut’s anarchic rhythm, ‘Underdown’ follows the struggles of a Palestinian cab driver who lives in his car, a homeless Syrian kid, and a Lebanese woman and her family. Through a pulsating journey full of harsh realities and an unbreakable sense of humour, the film’s subjects convey glimmers of hope in the darkest of places.

About the Director

Sarah Kaskas received her MFA in Cinematic Arts in 2011. Her thesis film, ‘Fugue’ (2011), toured to several festivals before being sold to BBC Arabic’s ‘Alternative Cinema’. In 2013, her animated short film ‘Wanderland’ won an award at the Co-Production Forum at the Stuttgart International Animation Festival, and was nominated for the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014. In 2016, Kaskas co-directed ‘Bread and Tea’, which was named Best Short Documentary at Iran’s Cinéma Vérité. Her upcoming feature documentary was nominated for the Robert Bosch Film Prize 2017 and received a production grant from the Doha Film Institute. She resides in Beirut and is an Assistant Professor of Film at the Lebanese American University.


Sarah Kaskas
Liliane Rahal, Ines Meier


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