The protagonist of the film had a blood transfusion forced upon her at birth.
This situation was dealt with well, although I would say that it is just a small minority of Jehovah’s Witnesses that ever really have to deal with that issue.
The story of Apostasy covers a few different subject matters that any Jehovah’s Witness would recognize and identify with.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers but I think that it’s safe to say that the strength of this film comes from its accurate portrayal of the day-to-day life of ordinary Jehovah’s Witnesses, and not just from clever writing or unexpected twists in the story.
The one problem that I really had with this movie is the title itself.
I don’t know why Dan Kokotajlo decided on the word Apostasy, as I didn’t find anything “apostate” about the film at all.
The Watchtower magazine once lamented that public execution for apostasy is no longer an option.
As far as my own background of growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, I can honestly say that I met some fantastic people and had some really fun times.Apostasy " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" class="wp-image-12324 size-full" src=" alt="Siobhan Finneran, Molly Wright and Sacha Parkinson in Apostasy" width="650" height="435" srcset=" sizes="(max-width: 650px) 100vw, 650px" /Dan Kokotajlo reached deep into his own Jehovah’s Witness childhood to explore the destructive nature of religious control and interference, capturing with precision the punishment inflicted upon a family when one member decides to have a relationship – with a non-Jehovah’s Witness.Dating and marriage outside of the Witness faith is strictly forbidden, and a physical relationship is a guaranteed path to being disfellowshipped and shunned.So although no religious organization should force their opinions on you or your family, you should be part of the decision making process with your doctor.The younger Jehovah’s Witness in Apostasy, the protagonist, is approached by a very nice, new, single elder in her congregation.Many Jehovah’s Witnesses can also navigate quite successfully through life even though they are saddled with many rules and restrictions that other people wouldn’t understand.