Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness, this gripping debut depicts a family struggling with a cruel choice: devotion to one another or to their faith.


Dir-Scr Daniel Kokotajlo
Prod Marcie MacLellan, Andrea Cornwell
With Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright
Sales Cornerstone Films

When you’re a family raised in The Truth what comes first – devotion to the faith or to one another? 18 year-old Alex, her elder sister Luisa and their mother Ivanna live as part of a close-knit community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Manchester. Their contact with non-believers is largely limited to proselytising – Alex and Luisa spread the word amongst the local Pakistani community and their mother juggles missionary duties in the local town centre with an office job. But after mixing with her ‘worldly’ college friends, Luisa is found guilty of fornication by the church elders. Following her expulsion, Luisa’s mother and sister are forced to ostracise her completely or be shunned themselves. Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness with a background in fine arts, Apostasy employs a precise visual style to evoke the quiet, internal world of religious believers who find themselves in, but not part of, our world.

Jemma Desai

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