Jinn Possession and Exorcism on Screen (Madani IFF x BINUS University)

Binus Film x Madani Film Festival

Jinn possession and Exorcism on Screen: Case Study of Islam and Budhism Possession or trance is something that is close to Muslim life globally. Usually, apart from shamanic practices, there are ruqyah (Islamic-based exorcism) rituals to overcome this. Production of films related to possession and ruqyah is also increasing in Indonesia. The film include, but not limited to Ghibah (2021) and Qodrat (2022).

In the global world, films such as Munafik (Malaysia, 2016, 2018) and the Dabbe series (Turkey 2006, 2013, 2015) have emerged. In other religions, the phenomenon of possession and expulsion is also widespread. Christian and Catholic traditions, for example, are among those that have produced the most films with this theme, since The Exorcist (1973), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Deliver Us From Evil (2014), to The Pope’s Exorcist (2023).

In Asia, especially Southeast Asia, of course the matter of possession and exorcism has become part of folklore or urban legend, and is not only exclusive to Islam, but also other religions and beliefs. Some of them are The Wailing (2016) and The Medium (2021). The Binus University Film Study Program Academic Series in collaboration with the 2023 Madani International Film Festival will discuss this phenomenon virtually. How and why do films related to possession and exorcism exist, and what is unique about these Asian, Muslim-majority-based films compared to those from other countries.

Jon Towlson (York and Leeds University) will examine the phenomenon of Turkish and Iranian cinema and how religious these films are, while Kasia Ancuta (Chulalongkorn University) will examine it from the perspective of Buddhism and Thailand. This discussion will be moderated by Ekky Imanjaya from BINUS University.

The discussion will be held virtually. Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 7.30 pm Jakarta/Bangkok time (GMT+7)

Please register : https://bit.ly/madani-101023
At the same day, in the afternoon, Qodrat (Charles Gozali, 2023) will be screened in Binus University Alam Sutera, followed by Q&A with Charles Gozali, the director. The film can be accessed on Prime Video.
For details on Madani International Film Festival, please visit: https://linktr.ee/madanifilmfest
for details on Film Department, Binus University, visit: https://film.binus.ac.id/

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Jon Towlson is a film critic and the author of , among others, Dawn of the Dead (Devil’s Advocates) (2022), Global Horror Cinema Today (2021), and the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award-nominated Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films From Frankenstein to the Present (2014). He is a regular contributor to Starburst Magazine, and has also written for the BFI, Pop Matters, Scream, The Dark Side, Diabolique, The Quietus, Paracinema, Exquisite Terror, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Shadowland Magazine, Bright Lights Film Journal, Offscreen, Cine Excess and Digital Film-Maker Magazine. Jon has contributed extras to Blu-ray releases by Arrow Films, Second Sight Films, 101 Films, Treasured Films and Eureka Video. He lives in the UK, and lectures at the University of Leeds and the University of York.

Kasia Ancuta is a Cultural Studies scholar specialising in Gothic/Horror Studies. Her research interests oscillate around the interdisciplinary contexts of contemporary Gothic/Horror (from popular fiction, film and video, multimedia and performance art, theatre, music and dance, comics and graphic novels, to fashion and alternative lifestyles) currently with a strong Asian focus. She is the author of Where Angels Fear to Hover: Between the Gothic Disease and the Meataphysics of Horror (2005) and over 50 articles on various cross-cultural manifestations of Gothic. Her most significant recent publications include contributions to The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story (2017), B-Movie Gothic (2018), Twenty-first-century Gothic (2019), and The New Urban Gothic (2020). IShe co-edited three special journal issues on Thai (Horror Studies 5.2, 2014, with Mary J. Ainslie) and Southeast Asian (Plaridel 12.2, 2015, with Patrick Campos) horror film and Tropical Gothic (eTropic 18.1/2, 2019, with Anita Lundberg, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska, and Roger Osborne). She also co-edited two edited collections: Thai Cinema: The Complete Guide (2018, with Mary J. Ainslie) and South Asian Gothic (2021, with Deimantas Valanciunas) and is currently co-editing a similar volume on Southeast Asian Gothic (with Mary J. Ainslie and Andrew Hock Soon Ng).


Qodrat pergi ke sebuah pesantren untuk menemui Kyai Rochim, setelah jin yang menyebabkan kematian anaknya kembali untuk mengambil nyawa Qodrat. Alih-alih mendapat bantuan, Qodrat menemukan kekuatan gelap yang menghantui pesantren tersebut.

Qodrat merupakan salah satu film dalam program Madani IFF x Binus University yang akan diputar pada 10 di kampus Binus Alam Sutera pukul 13.30 WIB dan 12 Oktober 2023 di Madani Misbar pukul 19.30 WIB. Keduanya juga akan dilanjutkan dengan Q&A bersama filmmaker.

Terdapat juga SAT Point untuk Binusian setelah screening.