Cast: Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Sacha Parkinson
Director: Daniel Kokotajlo
Synopsis: 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.
What drew me to this film was as much as I knew basic knowledge of Jehovah’s Witnesses I didn’t really understand the intricacies of the religion and the people that follow it, and this film gave an excellent insight into it.
Written and directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, who was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness faith himself, it gives a nuanced look at a religion which is often misunderstood and the butt of the jokes without walking on eggshells around it either.
Apostasy tells the story of three women, a mother and her two daughters, who are on vastly different paths but are all defined by their religion and their proximity to the Jehovah’s Witness church and we learn how this affects them through their eyes.
It is beautifully told film with excellent performances from the main cast and really puts into perspective the lives of many people throughout the world. There are difficult questions that are put forth that gives the characters and the audience an opportunity to wonder and contemplate what is put in front of us by Apostasy.
I would recommend Apostasy to anyone who is interested in learning more about other people’s cultures and traditions and the human experience as a whole.