Descending with Angels - World Premiere at CPH:DOX

Aktivitet: Andre aktivitetstyperAndet


A film about Islamic exorcisms and psychiatric healthcare in Denmark. A Palestinian refugee living in the city of Aarhus has been committed to psychiatric treatment after a severe case of spirit possession which caused him to destroy the interior of a mosque, crash several cars, and insult a number of people. He sees no point in psychotropic medication since his illness has already been treated with Quranic incantations. A psychiatrist and nurse try to understand his point of view but find that even further medication is needed. In the meantime a local imam battles with a stubborn jinn-spirit of Iraqi origin and tries to explain the Muslims of Aarhus that they should stop worrying so much about jinn, magic, and other mundane affairs since nothing can harm anyone except by the permission of God. The film compares two systems of treatment that despite vast differences both share a view of healing as operating through submission of faith to an external non-human agency—namely God or biomedicine.

Directed, filmed, and edited by: Christian Suhr
Produced by Persona Film 2013
Running time: 75 min
Language: Arabic, Danish, English
Subtitles: English

Final version of film premiered at CPH:DOX.
Periode17 nov. 2013