The zar (1986)

A zar ceremony from the 1986 Egyptian film ‘Daket Zaar’ which starred Farid Shawki and Suheir Ramzy.  As background, in his 1967 article, “Nubian Zar Ceremonies as Psychotherapy”, John G. Kennedy of the Neuropsychiatric Institute in LA says “…the purpose of a zar ceremony is to cure mental illnesses through contact with the possessing spirits which cause such maladies.”

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