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by Chistian Suhr
Color, 80 min, 2013
in Arabic and Danish with English Subtitles
Muslim exorcism or psychiatric medication? 'Descending with Angels' is a research-based, Danish film, which presents us with two highly different solutions to the same problem: namely Muslim Danes who are 'possessed by evil spirits', called 'jinn'. In Århus, a local imam has specialized in exorcising demons, and we are present at one of the dramatic sessions. At the same time, he tries to urge the Århus immigrant community to take a calm attitude to magic and spirits, as it is only with God's permission that something bad can happen to you. In the meantime, a professional psychiatrist tries to chart the phenomenon from a scientific perspective. The film is devoid of music and other dramatic effects and sticks to a sober style, which lucidly examines a complex and, until now, relatively unknown phenomenon in a psychological, anthropological and religious nature from two paradigms. Nonetheless, they have one thing in common: namely the idea that being healed is a consequence of submitting to an outside force, be it either God or biomedicine.