Islamic exorcism or psychotropic medication? “Descending With Angels”, based on 18 months of fieldwork with patients and healers, explores two highly different solutions to the same problem, namely Danish Muslims who are possessed by invisible spirits called jinn. A Palestinian refugee has been committed to psychiatric treatment after a severe case of jinn-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. In the meantime, a local imam battles a jinn-spirit 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.
Christian Suhr is the editor of the book “”Transcultural Montage”” (2013) and the director of the award-winning films “”Unity Through Culture”” (2011), “”Ngat is Dead”” (2009), as well as “”Want a Camel, Yes?”” (2005). He is the author of a number of articles dealing with visual anthropology, spirit possession, and psychiatry.