Bhagat and the Demons

Kusum is a regular, 14-year-old Indian girl. She lives in Delhi, goes to school and thinks about her future. Until one day she gets sick. Kusum stops eating, isolates herself and has serious fits of rage. ”Evil spirits have attacked the family,” says Bhagat, an experienced healer.

The family tries out Western medicine at first but decides to resort to traditional Indian methods of spiritual healing under Bhagat’s care. The road is long and spirits are no easy adversaries.

Kusum is a touching, universal film about one family’s struggle against misfortune, bad circumstances and illness. What is wrong with Kusum and why she gets better – that remains for the viewer to decide.

Kusum is a very important film for the cinematographer Marita Hällfors. It was her first independet cinematographic work done in India. Shot on Super 16 mm the film was “My first adventure in the big world and a triumphant battle.” The film is screened from a 35 mm film copy.

Saija Holm (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English

Q&A with Jouko Aaltonen (director) and Marita Hällfors (cinematographer) on Wednesday 30.01. at 19:15 at Andorra (in Finnish)


  • Director: Jouko Aaltonen
  • Country: Suomi
  • Year: 2000
  • Length: 69 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: 35 mm
  • Cinematography: Marita Hällfors
  • Editing: Tuula Mehtonen
  • Production: Jouko Aaltonen, Pertti Veijalainen / Illume Oy


  • Andorra: Wed 30.1. at 19.15