List of film scenes
in Descending with angels

List of film scenes

Descending with angels, ethnographic documentary, 75 min.

Filmed and edited by Christian Suhr, Persona Film, 2013.

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1 Rain at night-time, Aarhus Vest, prayer in the mosque (qiyām al-layl).

2 Shaykh Abu Bilal exorcising a jinn, Abu Omar's apartment: 2:59.

3 Noon prayer (ṣalāt al-ẓuhr) performed by Nour Aziz who then explains his problems with magic and psychiatry: 11:38.

4 Monthly meeting: Aziz discusses his illness with his psychiatrist Jørgen Aagaard, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov: 15:32.

5 Abu Bilal examines a young woman for possession by jinn: 21:16.

6 Esther Isaksen, Jørgen Aagaard, and Christian Suhr watch and discuss the film recordings, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov: 29:21.

7 Young Muslims watch and discuss a YouTube video entitled ‘7000 year old jinn inside man’, Brabrand: 32:59.

8 Weekly meeting: Aziz discusses his condition and the effects of psychotropic medication with his nurse Esther, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov: 40:52.

9 Abu Bilal and Christian watch the film recordings: Abu Bilal explains his views on illness and psychotropic medication: 44:59.

10 Lecture about Quranic healing in the mosque, Society for Equality and Brotherhood, Brabrand: 48:04.

11 Esther and Christian discuss the exorcism of Abu Omar and reasons why the jinn did not speak: 51:25.

12 Abu Bilal, Abu Bashir, Umm Omar, and Abu Omar evaluate the exorcism of Abu Omar's jinn and Abu Bilal performs additional reading: 53:57.

13 Esther and Christian talk about the possible dangers of exorcism and psychiatry. Esther argues for the necessity of care in healing: 1:03:27.

14 Monthly meeting: Jørgen, Esther, and Birte Gam explain the necessity of continued medication to Aziz and also acknowledge the healing effect of Aziz’s religious practice: 1:05:32.

15 Evening prayer during Ramadan (ṣalāt al-tarāwīḥ): 1:13:38.

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Islamic exorcism and psychiatry: a film monograph


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