Documentary: Possessed by Djinn

Germany/Jordan 2015
73 min. and 52 min., HD digital, color, Arabic with English subtitles


Director & Script: Dalia Al-Kury (Jordan)
Producers: Lino Rettinger (Germany), Dalia Al-Kury (Jordan)
DOP: Eric Gottesman, Mutaz Sinokrot

Title: Possessed by Djinn
Genre: Documentary
Length: 73 min. and 52 min.

The belief in demons, or “djinn”, is a little-known aspect of Islamic culture. In a subjective investigation of this controversial topic the film follows the true story of Aya, a four-year-old Jordanian girl killed by her father because he believed her to be possessed. Investigating this case the director finds herself on journey in an obscure world of traditions and rituals. Disturbing, yet intriguing encounters along the way, with both djinn exorcists and the possessed, reveal the contradictions of her society and ultimately force her to confront the fears and demons of her own.

Jury statement:
The jury was convinced by the project for its stubborn determination to exploring a story shrouded in prohibition, inhibition and prejudice, its honesty in a subjective and personal approach and its visually poetic language.

Film Stills

The Team