Drugs & Prayers


2009 / 55 minutes

Directed by
Helene Basu
Country of production

The Sufi shrine of Mira Datar in North Gujarat is a large pilgrimage centre specialising in healing possession and mental illness. It has become a site of experimenting with new forms of community care in the mental health sector. The film documents exchanges between various actors at the shrine and listens to the stories of the protagonists. It presents different views on the presumed causes of mental illness as well as on the benefit or non-benefit of medicine or ritual practices as perceived by patients and their relatives.

Language and subtitles
Gujarati with English Subtitles
South Asia
Health / Health care / Healing Ritual Religion / Belief / Faith