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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.


Daniel Kokotajlo


Daniel Kokotajlo (as Dan Kokotajlo)
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Credited cast:
Siobhan Finneran ... Ivanna
Robert Emms ... Steven
Bronwyn James ... Chloe
Sacha Parkinson ... Luisa
Steve Evets ... Brother Terry
Molly Wright ... Alex
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ... Deborah
James Foster James Foster ... Elder Alan
Aqib Khan ... Umar
Jessica Baglow ... Michelle
James Quinn ... Elder Brian
James Puddephatt James Puddephatt ... Consultant
Clare McGlinn ... Aunty Linda
Peter Slater Peter Slater ... Documentary film maker
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ... Sister Murphy


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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£500,000 (estimated)
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1.50 : 1
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As the girls discuss in the car that the cross is a pagan symbol. Unlike other Christian organisations, JWs do not accept the cross, but believe Jesus was put on a stake. They also refuse to use the word "church" for similar reasons, hence "kingdom hall" on their buildings. See more »


Luisa: Do you know how it feels, to think Jehovah the Almighty is punishing you, directly, all the time?
Luisa: Why - when I'm sorry?
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Referenced in Granada Reports: 20 July 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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The director, Daniel Kokotajlo, nailed it.
20 July 2018 | by johnviney-11414See all my reviews

Last night I watched this film with my wife, and we had been Jehovah's Witnesses for near on sixty years. Without giving away any spoilers, the director was accurate in every way with the belief system and indoctrination of this cult. We too were expected (and did for ten years) completely shun two daughters at age sixteen who were vulnerable, had been abused by another member of the fatih, and 'went off the JW rails.' The cost....enormous in emotional energy and happiness.

I was interested in the demeanor of the main character (mother) and noticed just how sad and unhappy she was all the way through 'doing the right thing.' Surely obeying God, if this is what is required, should make us happy, but the film got it spot on. Next time you see any Jehovah's Witnesses at their carts, watch to see if they are smiling and happy, if they are not on their phones.

If you want to know what Jehovah's Witnesses believe without it being sugar coated.....this film is for you. I can vouch that it is 100% accurate in all details and I hope will go some way to alerting people to the reality of the religion.

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