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3.5
26 Ratings

Apostasy

Directed by Dan Kokotajlo
United Kingdom, 2017
Drama

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.

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Apostasy Directed by Dan Kokotajlo

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Nominee: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year

2019 | Winner: Young British/Irish Performer of the Year

Critics reviews

“I’m sorry, Jehovah.” These three words, the first spoken in Daniel Kokotajlo’s powerful feature debut Apostasy, set the tone for a sensitive yet potent exploration of faith, grief and guilt. Though his film takes place entirely within a Jehovah’s Witness community in Oldham, Manchester, writer-director Kokotajlo expertly taps into wider themes of love, loss and the psychological quicksand of immovable belief.
July 26, 2018
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A piercingly humane and deeply moving glimpse into a community that for all its preaching and evangelizing remains largely a mystery to outsiders, Daniel Kokotajlo’s debut film “Apostasy” insinuates us with sorrowful grace into the lives of a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses as they experience a series of challenges that amount to a familial Armageddon.
September 29, 2017
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Built around three intense, controlled female performances – from two young TV regulars and from Alan Clarke alumna Siobhan Finneran, so striking recently in BBC mini-series Happy Valley – this story of family in conflict with faith delivers an emotional payoff all the more telling for being so rigorously calibrated.
September 29, 2017
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