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Apostasy (2017)

TV-14 | | Drama | 27 July 2018 (UK)
A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

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Daniel Kokotajlo

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Daniel Kokotajlo (as Dan Kokotajlo)
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Credited cast:
Siobhan Finneran ... Ivanna
Robert Emms ... Steven
Sacha Parkinson ... Luisa
Steve Evets ... Brother Terry
Bronwyn James ... Chloe
Molly Wright Molly Wright ... Alex
James Quinn ... Elder Brian
Aqib Khan ... Umar
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ... Deborah
Jessica Baglow Jessica Baglow ... Michelle
Clare McGlinn ... Aunty Linda
James Foster James Foster ... Elder Alan
James Puddephatt James Puddephatt ... Consultant
Peter Slater Peter Slater ... Documentary film maker
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ... Sister Murphy
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A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

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UK

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Urdu | English

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27 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Apostazija See more »

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£500,000 (estimated)
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"Bethel" is mentioned in the film. This is the HQ of the Watchtower Society which runs the JWs. See more »

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Featured in Granada Reports: 20 July 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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A must see for anyone studying with the Jehovah's Witnesses
30 July 2018 | by heatherransomSee all my reviews

As an ex-JW born into this religion, I can truthfully say this film is very realistic. The dialogue is 100% authentic as to the common retorts of rank and file JWs as well as elders. The film nicely covers the JWs refusal of blood transfusions, as well as the practice of shunning. The ending portrays what life is really like for a faithful JW, who is prepared to give up everything for this religion/cult. It may not be a film enjoyed everyone, but for ex-members and their support network, as well as those interested in Social Psychology, it provides a reliable guide as to why ex-JWs need support and love after they break free. To have your family who you love shun you is a terrible experience that impacts a persons self-identity, self-esteem and belonging, and can have serious mental-health consequences, and suicides. Anyone contemplating joining the religion should watch this film, so they realise what they will have to lose, should they, or their children decide to follow another path a few years down the line. Excellent film, 100% accurate. Well done to the writer/director


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