DESCENDING WITH ANGELS
75 min., Denmark, 2013, Denmark, by Christian Suhr
Language: Danish and Arabic with English subtitles
Islamic exorcism or psychotropic medication? “Descending with Angels” explores two highly different solutions to the same problem: namely Danish Muslims who are possessed by invisible spirits, called jinn. 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.
Berlin Independent Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Feature, Ethnocineca 2015, CPH:DOX 2013
Christian Suhr is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Aarhus University. He is the director of the award-winning films “Descending with Angels” (2013), “Unity through Culture” (2011), or “Ngat is Dead” (2009).