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Apostasy

Dan Kokotajlo, who was raised in the Jehovah’s Witness faith and left in his early 20’s, directs a very compelling story about Ivanna and her two daughters, Luisa and Alex. Ivanna is raising her daughters strictly in the Jehovah’s Witness faith (“the Truth”). Alex had a blood transfusion when she was an infant, and she has been apologizing for it ever since. Luisa is very vocal and begins to question the teaching of the elders. Two separate crises involving the daughters that hit the family challenge their faith. We found the movie to be equally fascinating and disturbing in its inside-look into the Jehovah’s Witness faith. The film is well-acted, especially Siobhan Finneran as the conflicted mother who tries to manage the crises. Kokotajlo’s screenplay provides a searing yet balanced look at the culture in which the family lives and worships and captures the insularity of the Truth. Thumbs up for a film has a lot to say about the nature of family and of faith.

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