Living with the Invisibles

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© Dumont
52 minutes / Colour / 2003
Directed by
Dirk Dumont

Anthropologist Philip Hermans

Country of production Belgium

When they emigrated to Europe in the 60’s and 70’s, Moroccans brought with them their culture and their “diseases” ( caused by the the jinn that inhabit some of them). In Europe, most North African families will include someone who is undergoing this kind of disorder, with diverse manifestations (asthma, paralysis, epilepsy, “crises”, sterility etc.) which, if left untreated, may be extremely serious and destructive, causing suffering and delinquent behaviour. In the film we follow two Moroccan women: Hind and Fatima who are looking to solve their problems caused by invisibles. They are visiting healers in Europe and Morocco. The healers “negotiate” with invisible forces and are using therapeutic rituals.

Language and subtitles French with English Subtitles

Region North and Northeast Africa

Country Morocco

Keywords Health / Health care / Healing Possession Migration