The Battle With Satan
KONRAD SZOLAJSKI / 2015 / POLAND / 75 MINUTES / NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE / RATED 18A
In Poland, the resurgence of traditional Catholicism has brought with it an attendant consequence for the alternative, non-clinical treatment of mental health: exorcism. In this fascinating, alarming and occasionally jaw-dropping documentary, a number of teenage girls are tracked as they are subjected to one of the world's oldest remedies for uncontrollable and unorthodox behaviour, with consequences that often seem as troubling and hair-raising as the very concept that the real root of all mental disturbance is the work of the devil. Stranger than fiction, needless to say, and a reminder that nothing rattles the righteous quite so much as a girl on the verge of womanhood.
screening with TWELVE by Mohamed Berro (Lebanon)
Following the films there will be a Q&A and discussion.