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From January 2015 to January 2018 every month selected films from our film festival archive were revisted and discussed at Volkskundemuseum Wien. Since 2013 we have been able to offer this platform for reflection and discussion of documentary film in a relaxed, uncomplicated atmosphere at different locations around Vienna.

Thank you Volkskundemuseum Wien for the fantastic cooperation!

The Filmklub is followed up by our ethnocineca Filmreihe at Weltmuseum Wien on a weekly basis every Sunday at 11 pm. To the programme.


Past Dates

18.01.2018, 19:00
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 

Special: heimat:machen

Tony Donoghue I 9 Min. I Irland 2012 I OmeU

Irish Folk Furniture is an animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. As old hand painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty and with a time many would rather forget, much of the country's furniture heritage lies rotting in barns and sheds. In the making of this film 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back into daily use.

Miguel Filgueiras I 49 Min. I Portugal 2012 I OmeU

„Minho has a life source so big, that when you live here for some time, you always want to leave, but you can’t ever leave without returning. Always.” Alto do Minho shows us scenes of Northern Portugal in rhythmic succession. It is an impressionistic pop-ethnographic portrait of daily life and festivities in the mountains.


21.12.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 

Helin Celik, Martin Klingenböck | Turkey, Austria 2016 | 75 Min. | OmeU

As a tribe of Kurdish nation, Yazidis  never had an official land and had to suffer oppression of other countries since their existence. Yazidi women additionally have to endure men hegemony and it's strict customs. During the IS attack in August 2014 in Sinjar (Northern Iraq) - the main settlement area of Yazidis - plenty of men were killed and thousands of women kidnapped. What the wind took away shows  the destiny of two Yazidi women in relation to their by violence and oppression affected lives and it aims to achieve an intimate insight into their personal experiences during the IS war.
This poetic documentary makes the audience travel in time and become a part of the nostalgic stories of these young women. By illuminating their stories concerning their gender and their origin it tries to give them a voice that is loud enough to be heard in the western world.


16.11.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 



Annelie Boros | South Africa, Germany 2016 | 26 Min. | OmeU

With the intent to make a film about the protest movement Annelie Bros came to Cape Town in Southafrica. When she gets here, the students turn her away: they don't want her, as a white person, to make a film about this Black protest movement. She wants to understand why. A film about a film that the filmmaker can't make, because she is white. And about centuries-old divides and power structures in South Africa, 20 years after the end of Apartheid. In the end it's a film about filmmaking itself.


Nikola Ilić| Serbia, Switzerland 2016 | 20 Min. | OmeU 

From the heart of Serbia comes a story of an Eastern Asterix and Obelix saga: Pranjani is a small village in central Serbia. Locals earn their living abroad or as farmers. Many count themselves among the Chetniks, Serbian patriots and WWII resistance fighters. So far, so normal. But every May, the Rakijada takes place - a championship that is all about who can drink the most, balance on wooden poles and brew the best magic potion – Rakija, plum brandy. A portrait of a sleepy village that shines a new light on the Serbian soul, while never losing sight of the typical humour of the Balkans.


19.10.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 


LES SAUTEURS - Those Who Jump
Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé | Morocco, Denmark 2016 | 80 Min. | OmeU

Melilla – a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco: Europe on African Land. Over a thousand hopeful African migrants live on the mountain behind the border, watching the fence system separating Morocco and Spain. Abou Bakar Sidibé from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly persisted in attempting to jump the fence.
At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return from the fence. Looking through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. “When filming I feel that I exist”. But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is brought close to a tragic accident at the fence. Returning to Mali is not an option for him, and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe. Les Sauteurs is Abou’s portrayal of the human struggle for dignity and freedom on one of the world’s most militarized frontiers.

Jurystatement: The film is using a participatory approach (by handing the camera over to the main protagonist) and addresses a topic (migration) that are recurrently dealt with by many contemporary filmmakers (ethnographic and not) – yet Les Sauters offers a fairly unique insider perspective on the perils of border-crossing in today’s world. This film offers a valuable counterexample to many speculative documentaries which also attempt to address the question of migration and border-crossing. It is empathic, yet never rhetorical, and depicts the exercise of hope and repetition that engages large parts of the world’s population today.


21.09.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 


Maximilian Feldmann | Mazedonien, Deutschland 2016 | 51 Min. | OmeU

A slum in a Romani neighbourhood. Ten-year-old Valentina invites us to meet her family. What follows are bizarre anecdotes, daydreams and documentary observations – a film as lively as its roaming heroine. “Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Together with her family of twelve Valentina lives in a run down one-room shack in the Romani municipality Šutka, in Skopje, Macedonia. Observations of daily live are mixed with Valentina’s personal stories, dreams with actual facts. Yet it becomes clear, that all of her story telling is nothing but preparation for her big dream.

Jurystatement: The film Valentina is a gentle portrait of a remarkable girl, living at the margins of society. It is the kind of margin that is to a large extent unknown to us, because we prefer to look away instead of being confronted with the reality of life of the Roma people. The International Documentary Award goes to a film that captivates us through its impartiality, its honesty and not least, through its outstanding camera work. The jury congratulates the director and his team for a moving and demanding oeuvre and wishes them all the best for their future work.


05.06.2017, 19:00
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 

FILMKLUB SPECIAL in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie

KISKENAMAHAGEWIN (The Way of Learning)
Jackie Hookimaw-Witt und Norbert Witt | Kanada 2017 | 29 Min. | OmeU

Wir freuen uns sehr First Nations Filmemacherin Jackie Hookimaw-Witt mit ihrem Dokumentarfilm Kiskenamahagewin am Mo.  5. Juni um 19 Uhr in Wien begrüßen zu dürfen. 
Gezeigt wird ihr jüngster Film über die First Nations Communitiy Attawapiskat im Norden Ontarios, Kanada. Die Selbstmordrate bei Cree Jugendlichen ist rapide gestiegen. Mit dem Verlust ihrer Nichte möchte sie den Stimmen der Jugendlichen Gehör verschaffen. Jackie Hookimaw- Witt  zeigt in diesem sehr persönlichen Film, den Kampf um Aufmerksamkeit und Bewusstsein für die Missstände in Gesundheits- und Bildungspolitik und richtet den Blick auf die Konsequenzen der fehlende politischen Unterstützung der indigenen Community seitens der kanadischen Regierung.

Mit anschließender Diskussion mit Jackie Hookimaw-Witt.


27.04.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien 

In Cooperation with Wiener Integrationswoche

Christian Suhr | Denmark 2013 | 75 Min. | OmeU

A Danish Muslim in Aarhus is possessed by invisible spirits so called Djinns. Descending with Angels explores two highly different solutions to the same problem. Faith or biomedical, Islamic exorcism or psychotropic? By sensitive involving all participants, a reflexive process will get started, which allows the approach beyond familiar cultural boundaries.


30.03.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Khaled Hakami | Thailand, Austria 2016 | 26 Min. | No Dialogue

About 95% of our human existence we have spent as hunters and gatherers. "Last Foragers standing" gives insight into the life of a small community living in the rain forest. Faced with global dominant forms of society, it has become one of the last social systems of its kind. As in the biggest part of human history, not much is happening in the film – the cameraman and field researcher will be present and explain why. An evening for hunters and gatherers. 


23.02.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Jana Richter | Armenia, Germany 2015 | 55 Min. | OmeU

Twenty years after the war ended, there is still no peace treaty regarding Nagorno Kharabakh. The independent but unrecognized state, traditionally inhabited by Armenians, technically does not exist. Yet, people are building a life for themselves. Tsovak is a village school director who teaches mathematics and physics. Sayat is a professional dancer, but acts as the mayor of Havsatagh Village. They are looking forward to the day a peace treaty is signed and their country is recognized.


26.01.2017, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Jessica Bollag | US, Switzerland 2015 | 49 Min. | OmeU

The state of Iowa is the largest producer of soy and corn in the U.S.. In the town of Eldon, Iowa, the multi-national corporations, Cargill and John Deere, are the most important job sources - mostly in the low income bracket. In the town there are hardly any public services. Five young people talk about their daily lives in this rural area. Their houses are often separated by

Firing and outsourcing are real threats. Beside all this, the protagonists are labeled with negative stereotypes: white trash, rednecks and hillbillies. The five inhabitants of Eldon describe the local changes. Why stay despite bad job opportunities? How do they deal with their negative stereotypes? Why is freedom more important than a career? Creative solutions and a strong sense of community are essential in this rural region.

An anthropological documentary about unlocked doors, fun and conflict in geographical isolation.


15.12.2016, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien
Top 3 Films of ETHNOCINECA Student Shorts Award (ESSA) 2016

Efrat Berger | Israel 2015 | 28 Min. | OmeU

Der 19-jährige Yehuda wuchs in einer chassidischen Familie auf. Nach einer Phase der Zweifel und innerer Zerrissenheit beschließt er, das letzte Symbol seiner religiösen Vergangenheit, seine Gezoindelach (Schläfenlocken), abzuschneiden. Die Kamera folgt Yehuda und seinen Freunden auf ihren ersten Schritten in eine "neue" Welt. Ein eindringlicher Film über die Entscheidung für ein säkulares Leben mit all den damit verbundenen Folgen.
Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez & Konstantin Steinbichler | Mexiko, Deutschland 2015 | 29 Min. | OmeU

Sie faucht, sie rast und bahnt sich ihren Weg: La Bestia. So nennen MigrantInnen aus Zentralamerika jene Züge, auf die sie aufspringen und mit denen sie Mexiko durchqueren, um in die USA zu gelangen. Dieses Transportmittel ist Chance und Bedrohung zugleich, denn La Bestia gibt den Reisenden nicht nur Hoffnung, sondern nimmt manchmal auch ein Bein oder gar ein Leben. Dieses intensive filmische Porträt gibt ansonsten anonymen Menschen eine Stimme.
Linas Mikuta | Litauen 2015 | 17 Min. | OmeU

Litauen im Dezember, ein dunkler Wintertag. Unabhängig voneinander erzählen drei AutostopperInnen über ihr Leben, ihre Perspektiven, ihre Wünsche. So verschieden die Persönlichkeiten, so verschieden die Ansichten und Erlebnisse, deren Schnittmenge ein faszinierendes Bild der Gesellschaft Litauens entwirft. Ein Plädoyer für das Leben mit all seinen positiven und negativen Facetten. Eine einfache Idee, die in einem großartigen Film resultiert.

24.11.2016, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Lisbeth Kovacic | Austria 2015 | 25 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Winner Austrian Documentary Award (ADA)

Border controls between Austria and Hungary have become history on paper. Wretched custom facilities are removed or go rack and ruin. While the camera focusses on these processes, interviews are played with neighbours and transmigrants to a (staged) exchange of ideas of the supposed freedom of movement in times of Schengen. A subtle exploration of places in the cinematic frontier of facts and emotion.


20.10.2016, 19:00
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Simone Catharina Gaul | Burkina Faso, Germany 2015 | 64 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Winner Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award (EVA)

Bintou is a young dressmaker, living in Burkina Faso and dreaming of a career in Europe. Her European clients are happy with her quick and low-priced work. Bintou leads her life quite happily, between work, white expats’ parties and Sundays spent with her friends. She is making a video diary about her newest creations and loves chatting online in the Internet café. All of a sudden Bintou‘s life is turned upside-down when she has to take responsibility for her own daughter again. Seven-year-old Christiane has been living in a children‘s home so far, as a result of Bintou‘s difficult living conditions when Christiane was born. Bintou is the portrait of a strong, young woman looking for her place between traditional and modern culture, between motherhood and career.


15.09.2016, 7pm
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

Firouzeh Khosrovani | Iran 2014 | 60 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Winner International Documentary Award (IDA)

The hall is packed with chattering Iranian schoolgirls wearing lilac robes and white hijabs. An imam explains to them that at nine years old they have reached the “age of duty.” This, he says, is the moment at which puberty begins, bringing with it all the accompanying religious precepts. Carefree days are over, and from now on the angel on the right shoulder and the devil on the left will be there watching, weighing up good and evil. At the instigation of the imam, the girls dutifully chant when they should or should not wear the hijab. Greeted by loud cheering, a whipped cream version of the Kaaba is sliced up. The scenes of this school ceremony were recorded in 2005. Eight years later, filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani visits two of the children she filmed: the cousins and former best friends Melika and Maryam. What’s been happening to them in the meantime? In the intimate confines of their own surroundings, the two young women talk about their past and present, and how they see their future. Maryam wears her hijab with full conviction and shares her existential doubts with God. Melika dreams of a career as an actress, paints her nails, and posts selfies on Instagram.

21.04.2016, 7 p.m.

Volkskundemuseum Wien, 
Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna

Georgina Barreiro | Peru, Argentina 2014 | 71 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

The interaction of a cosmological order to the sensitive balance between human and nature remains unexplored in everyday life. This is not the case in the spiritual world of the Shipibo Indians who are living in the Peruvian Amazon. The viewer will discover a powerful journey through the pictures in this movie. In isolation of the forest the young Mokan Rono studies the traditional knowledge of the medicinal and ritual plant Ayahuasca with the help of a shaman and his mother, who is a mistress of traditional healing art. Icaros is an invitation to a fascinating excursion through time and space.

17.03.2016, 19:00 

Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz | Indien, Frankreich 2014 | 56 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

The Sonepur Fair in India is about to begin! Known to be the largest cattle market in Asia, elephants, birds, horses or camels are traded there since hundreds of years. With its whirlwinds of dust rising from the ground, the fair is also the opportunity for a gigantic carnival. This is where gather all the fairground people of the most infamous state of India, making it the core of the bihari popular culture.

And the characters of Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens are its best representatives. Colourful multitudes cut through the dusty, sticky air as the ecstatic sound of drums fills the space. An event like no other, it's a carnival of magical realism inhabited by exotic dancers, exorcists, stuntmen and elephant tamers. Each has his rituals, prayers, his methods to accumulate and master the energy of the fair, both mechanical and organic, magic and electric. The film is full of sensual extravagance, that its meaning couldn’t be more complex and multilayered .


18.02.2016, 19:00

Lion Bischof, Jonas Heldt, Felicitas Sonvilla | Germany 2014 | 46 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

A skinhead in love, his girlfriend who wants to tramp to Berlin and two copper-thieves on their journeys to score some meth. A secluded connoisseur of the art of living, who holds epic annual parties in the forest to add a touch of glamour to the grey, everyday life, and his girlfriend who is looking to find true love – they all seem to be lost in this mysterious German landscape near the Czech border. The episodic narrative invites the viewer to accompany these young people on their open-ended quest for meaning.



Julie Shles | Israel 2014 | 77 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.

A vast and violent labyrinth lies right in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Central Bus Station. Living in and around it are thousands of new refugees, children of migrant workers with no identity of their own, and impoverished Jewish families who feel like strangers in their homes. This labyrinth is at the center of their lives. Chaos rules in this impossible meeting place. The racism that erupted from its cellars has gotten out of control and life continues precariously, as if perched on a keg of gunpowder. A war of all against all.



Itamar Alcalay | Israel 2013 | 54 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.

“Am I a traitor? Obviously.” In the late 1970s the Jewish photographer Esaias Baitel spent four years with a violent Parisian neo-Nazi gang.  While hiding his real identity, he was able to gain their trust and live among the gang members. Thereby he photographed intimate portraits of their daily lives. Born in Sweden to a father who survived Auschwitz, Baitel, by then a young father himself, spent several years in a double life. Despite witnessing horrifying events, he established close ties to these young people and portrayed them as individuals with hopes, wishes and stories. A one-of-a-kind collection of gripping stills and audio evolved, providing an insight in the complexities of human nature and the almost impossible coexistence of tolerance and intolerance. Now, over thirty years later, Baitel is able to reflect upon this stage in his life and the marks left of this conflicting experience. In between past and present, in expressive black-and-white, a rare and sensitive artist is revealed. "Four Years of Night" shows an unpredictable compassion and humanity towards those, who have done the most terrible deeds.



DONKEYMENTARY – Life through the eyes of a donkey
Arman Yeritsyan, Vardan Hovhannisyan | Armenia 2012 | 52 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.

This is a donkeymentary - a humorous documentary about a small island with many donkeys.  Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya, is the home of 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, just 2 cars and a 14-year-old donkey race champion, Shee Famao, whose fondest dream in life is nothing more than having a donkey of his own.

Shee, one of the most well known boys in Lamu, is a three time champion of the famous donkey races on the island, a place where everyone will inevitably get stuck in donkey traffic, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey hospital, and where the donkeys are the key to earning a living for the majority of people.

But the life of Shee is full of contrasts, he is the most popular, but also the poorest boy of the island, he is a schoolboy trapped with the responsibility of being a “providing father” for his family, he is criminal who is respected by his community and even the police, he is a hero of the island but without his victorious horse – the donkey!



Kathrin Gradt, Erwin Schweitzer, Martin Lintner | South Africa, Austria | 60 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.  

Many South Africans perceive land as foundation for economic development, cultural expression und self-defined identity. Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa in 1994, people can claim land which was dispossessed during colonialism and apartheid. The documentary shows how indigenous Griqua people make use of these new legal opportunities to struggle for the restitution of their ancestral land. Through a range of cases in various provinces in South Africa the documentary illustrates the strong emotional bond between individual Griqua and their land. At the same time, these cases reveal the interrelation between land rights and cultural expression, development issues, education, livelihood as well as spirituality. 



we would like to welcome you back to ETHNOCINECA's filmklub after our summer break. Due to recent developments we start our autumn edition, on September 17th, with a film on a pressing subject:

In those past days, around the beginning of September 2015, Austria was at it's best: public services, the police and the civil society joined forces in order to provide humanitarian aid and to welcome the - mostly Syrian - refugees, most of whom continued to travel to Germany. "Civil disobedience" has opened up new, formerly unthinkable, paths for pressing problems. But since an agreement on an EU-basis is still far off, an outlook for the coming months is unpredictable. This means, that there is still no hope for improvement of the situation of thousands of Syrian, Afghan, Pakistani and many other refugees who don't make it to our borders. In 2013 Anna Brass, from the Film and television school in Munich, followed the journey of three refugees and created this sensitive and insightful film - which, unfortunately is still as much a valid depiction of the situation as it was two years ago.

All donations received this evening will go to Caritas Austria to provide shelter for refugees.


Anna Brass | Greece, Germany 2013 | 79 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

Like thousand others, three young Afghan refugees are stranded in front of the gates of Europe. The young men live in an isolated house near the Greek coast, where they have been waiting to find a way through the bureaucratic jungle of asylum procedures - often hiding away and avoiding immigration authorities. This is not only a film about pressing political questions, but one that allows us, by displaying a lot of sensitivity and intuition, to learn about their hopes and fears, in a situation where there future is completely uncertain.

Entry: voluntary donation (the money collected this evening will go to CARITAS Austria to help provide shelter for refugees)



Our Missionaries
Martin Gruber | Guinea 2013 | 8 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

A small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa. Missionaries settled here in their effort to bring Christianity to this Muslim dominated area. The villagers still speak warmly about their visitors. Nevertheless, the missionaries left after some years – seemingly in a rush, leaving behind many of their belongings. The film “Our Missionaries” tells the story of a misconceived intercultural encounter throgh the villagers’ memories and images of the missionaries’ material legacy. 


Framing the Other
Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers | Aethiopia, Netherlands 2011 | 25 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs. 

The Mursi tribe resides in the basin of the Omo River, in the east African state of Ethiopia. Mursi women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings, which has become a subject of tourist attraction in recent years. Each year, hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned Mursi; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for them. To make more money, they embellish their “costumes” and finery to appear more exotic to those outsiders. However, by exaggerating their habits and lifestyle in such a manner they are beginning to cause their traditional culture to disintegrate. Framing the Other portrays the complex relationship between tourism and indigenous communities by revealing the intimate and intriguing thoughts of a Mursi woman from Southern Ethiopia and a Dutch tourist as they prepare to meet each other. This humorous, yet simultaneously uncomfortable, film shows the destructive impact tourism can have on traditional communities.



Laura Delle Piane | Palestine, France 2013 | 54 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

Dheisheh refugee camp, West Bank. Over 13,000 people live in 1.5 square km. One of them is eleven year old Tamer. Like all his friends in the camp, Tamer dreams of liberating his country and about being a member of the resistance. His father and personal hero tries to protect his son from the dangers of life under Israeli occupation. But he also wants to help him fulfill his dream of seeing the sea, which is only 40 kilometers away but on the other side of the wall.



Christy Garland | Guyana, Canada, Denmark 2012 | 71 Min | OV w/Engl.Subs.

Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Muscle is a busy man. He has his eye fixed firmly on the middle class, hoping to pull his extended family up with him. In the meantime, his birds need constant attending, as he ekes out a living raising fighting cocks and songbirds. And heʼs trying, not very successfully, to get his mother Mary off the booze. At 75, Mary has had a number of falls on her frequent stopovers outside the family compound, searching for drink. Mary drinks to forget, in particularly to drown out the night, which she has good reason to dread. Sheʼs still able to recite by heart some of her moving poems, to her family who listen with love and admiration. But her determination to thwart Muscle and his flawed attempts to control her drinking, has led her son to take more drastic action.



Spirits of Envy
Helene Basu Indien/Deutschland 2013 83 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

The idea that feelings of envy constitute moral threats to human bonds and personal well-being is widely shared across cultures, religions and historical periods. In contemporary India, people live in a competitive environment of a booming economy which produces winners and losers. Hindu and Islamic notions converge in translating envy into an aggressive, evil power enacted in practices of sorcery targeting at the ruin of success and a good life by attacking minds, bodies and persons’ wealth. The Sufi shrine of Mira Datar in Gujarat provides ritual healing and a refuge to those who became victims of black magic and subsequently suffer from madness or other illnesses, experience financial losses, homelessness, social ostracism and the breaking up of domestic and kinship relationships. The film presents an ethnography of the shrine by exploring the moral discourse of sorcery, afflictions of madness and practices of ritual healing through prayer and possession-trance. Priests share their knowledge of how black magic is done and removed, while afflicted women, men and caretaking relatives tell their own stories of suffering and spiritual deliverance. The protagonists’ narratives and performances provide insights into predicaments shared across religious boundaries as well as into a lived Islamic ethos which is rarely acknowledged in global media representations of Islam.