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When faith, family, duty and love collide

Apostasy, a 2017 British drama directed by Daniel Kokotajlo about a Jehovah’s Witness family, will be screened tomorrow at St James Cavalier Cinema, Valletta.

The film revolves around sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, who as devout Jehovah’s Witnesses are united in ‘The Truth’. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good witness’.

But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation. Unless Ivanna and Alex can persuade her to return, they must shun her completely. This challenge becomes more painful when their family is faced with another heartbreaking test of faith.

The film marks the directorial debut of Kokotajlo, himself a former Jehovah’s Witness, who provides a rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love.

Apostasy will be screened at St James Cavalier Cinema, Valletta, tomorrow at 6pm. For tickets, visit www.kreattivita.org.

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