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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
Jessica Baglow ... Michelle
Bronwyn James ... Chloe
Steve Evets ... Brother Terry
Molly Wright ... Alex
Poppy Jhakra Poppy Jhakra ... Doctor
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ... Deborah
James Quinn ... Elder Brian
James Puddephatt James Puddephatt ... Consultant
Aqib Khan ... Umar
Clare McGlinn ... Aunty Linda
Wasim Zakir Wasim Zakir ... Brother Jatin
James Foster James Foster ... Elder Alan
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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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Some of the filming took place in a disused Kingdom Hall (JW meeting house), which had been sold on. Kingdom Halls rarely have windows at eye level, and are very plain their decor. See more »

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[last lines]
Ivanna: I'll save her.
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Featured in Granada Reports: 20 July 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Subtle and heartbreaking
5 February 2018 | by mattiasflgrtll6See all my reviews

Jehovah's Witnesses is one of the most famous sects in the world, yet it doesn't get anywhere near as much exposure as Scientology. This is probably one of the best faith based movies I've ever seen, mostly because it deals with the emotional and moral consequences the things you are taught to believe can have on those you love in a very realistic way. The acting is natural and none of the performers feel like people acting for a movie. It was like getting into the look of a real family and their hardships. As for how Jehovah's Witnesses members themselves are portrayed, the point is not to show them as evil. It's more of a cautionary stance, on whether it's worth jeopardizing your children's lives because of your conviction to follow one certain ideology. The controversy about Jehovah's Witnesses is that you are not allowed to give or receive blood, even in life-threatening circumstances. The mother in this movie is not an inherently bad person, she just can't find a way to balance her love for God and the love for her children. And that has consequences she might wish she would never had to deal with.

This movie will stay with you after you've watched it. I urge those who not only are interested in the subject matter of organized sects to see it, but those who think a lot about beliefs and how they can affect other people in general.


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