Under Darkness

Under Darkness

Based on a true story in World War II Poland, a young Jewish woman struggles to survive after her family is murdered. Refusing to give up, she joins the Soviet resistance, and realizes that through photography she can remember the past while documenting for the future.

Director Bio

Caroline Friend is an award-winning director and writer. Caroline earned her degree in Film Production and History from the University of Southern California. Her latest film, Under Darkness (2019), was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards®, premiered at Telluride Film Festival, and won the Horizon Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her work has been recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Television Academy, as well as supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Panavision, and Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. She currently lives in Los Angeles and continues to seek meaningful true stories to bring to audiences.


  • Directed by:Caroline Friend
  • Written by:Caroline Friend
  • Produced by:Caroline Friend, Merissa Jane Lee & Michael Orion Downing
  • Runtime:20 mins
  • Completion Date:January 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Category:International Live-Action
  • Selection:Student Shorts
    Programme 2
  • Screening Time / Venue:THU AUG 13
    10AM - 10PM ONLINE
  • Irish Premiere
  • Links: Website

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call of the forest screening

Call of the Forest Screening

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 07 December, 2020

Still Voices Presents a Special Screening of Call of the Forest in partnership with Whose Woods These Are Tree Festival.

2020 award winners

Submissions for Still Voices 21 Now Open

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 October, 2020

Submissions for the Still Voices Short Film Festival 2021 are now open!

2020 award winners

2020 Award Winners Announced!

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 16 August, 2020

Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Award Winners Announced!


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