Documentary Films


A film by Dalia Al-Kury

A production by LICHTBLICK FILM
in co-production with Kaynoona Films and ZDF/arte
development funded by SANAD FUND of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
in collaboration with Film und Medienstiftng NRW and Robert Bosch Stiftung

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.

Script/Direction: Dalia Al-Kury
DOP: Eric Gottesman, Mutaz Sinokrot
Editing: Anika Simon 
Music: Zeid Hamdan
Producer: Lino Rettinger
Commissioning Editor: Doris Hepp
Dramaturgy: Martin Witz
Sound: Bedouin Addy, Hamza Arnaout, Dalia Al Kury
Sounddesign: Gerd Nesgen

Toronto, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Fesitval 2015, Worldpremiere
Winner of the Venice Film Fest´s Final Cut Workshop at Biennale 2015
32nd Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- and Videofestival, 10th - 15th, November 2015
39th Göteborg Film Festival, 29th, Januariy 2016 until 8th, February 2016
docpoint, Helsinki Dokumentary Filmfestival, at Andorra Cinema, 27th, January 2016, at 6:45 pm