Apostasy trailer: A rare look inside the British Jehovah Witness community

We've been lucky to have a number of wonderful debut films made by British film directors over the past few years and Apostasy is another that can be added to that list. It offers an authentic and complex look at life for those living in the Jehovah Witness community in the UK by a director who was raised as a Jehovah. Unfortunately, where many of the other films have created a buzz, it seems like this has been largely overlooked, but hopefully reviews next week will encourage people to go out and see it. Watch the trailer for Apostasy above to get an initial look.

As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’. But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation. Unless Ivanna and Alex can persuade her to return, they must shun her completely. This challenge becomes more painful when their family is faced with another heartbreaking test of faith.

Daniel Kokotajlo wrote and directed his debut, with cast featuring Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright and Robert Emms.

Apostasy opens in UK cinemas on July 27th 2018.

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