THE DEVIL AND THE HOLY WATER

director: 
Diego Maria Malara
country: 
Finland, Ethiopia
year: 
2016
category: 
doc
legth: 
12'
festival edition: 
2017
For centuries, exorcism has been a daily practice in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. But new problems produce new demons, and new demons require dramatic new rituals. Shot in Addis Abeba, ‘The Devil and the Holy Water’ portrays exorcisms conducted by the controversial priest Mehmer Girma, whose charisma gathers hundreds of people from across Ethiopia and around the world. Narrated by an exorcized woman, the film gives an intimate account of the reality of demonic affliction in modern Ethiopian life.