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Apostasy (2017)Apostasy (2017)

Apostasy (2017)

A drama on the impact of religion on family bonds

Drama

7.1

movie

United Kingdom

English, urdu

Discussion-sparking, Slow, Thought-provoking

2017

Daniel Kokotajlo

Aqib Khan, Bronwyn James, Claire Hackett

94 min

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.

Our Take

7.1
The Staff

This is a slow but well-made movie about a Jehovah’s Witness family, directed by a former member of the organization.

The family is made of Alex, her mother, and her older sister. Alex follows her mother and her religious teachings with the utmost loyalty, especially as she refuses a blood transfusion that is crucial to her health. Her older sister starts showing signs of independence by lying to her friends about her family’s faith and dating a Muslim man.

Apostasy is about family bonds versus belief bonds. It’s not a movie that judges or preaches, rather it simply portrays the complex situations that structured religion creates.

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