Movies about life in the Witness Religion.

Apostasy, the Movie by Rena and Larry
The title to the one about which the following comments have been made is APOSTASY, THERE AT LEAST TWO OTHERS

> Authentic and truthful (I was a JW for nearly 40 years)
> Last night my wife and I went to a screening in Sheffield and the film's writer and director was there to field a far too short Q & A session afterward.

> It wasn't an easy film to watch and, in hindsight, it really only exposes the tiniest tip of what is, in reality, a truly gigantic, ugly iceberg. For someone like me who was a JW for nearly 40-years and had been either a ministerial servant (deacon) or elder for most of that time, it had an additional layer of uncomfortable poignancy.

> Notwithstanding all the remedial good we've done, or attempted to do since we came "out", with a fly-on-the-wall film like this you can't help being reminded of the harm you undoubtedly caused even though the "help" you were trying to give at the time may have been well-intentioned. The road to hell truly can be very often paved with good intentions.

> The film will have a very strong emotional impact for ex-JWs dependent on a number of salient factors. How long they were in...how long they've been out...how much deprogramming they have had or pursued subsequently, and how much damage they suffered during both their time "in" and/or how they've been treated following their exit.

> Virtually the whole of the audience was comprised of ex-Witnesses. (This did not surprise me.) Represented there were young and old, men and women, disfellowshipped, disassociated or some that simply faded away. One thing that was agreed on by all, though, was that even though it was a work of fiction that the director had woven his own experiences and memories into, he had managed to encapsulate a real truthfulness into every one of the characters.

> The hard-hearted and judgemental elders. The gossipy sisters. The rather awkward courtship/pairing rituals. The ordinary folks who are emotionally torn and battling to suppress their inner humanity in obedience to directives from "above". And overshadowing everything - a naïve, blinkered and unthinking mindset.

> I use the word "unthinking" advisedly. Our received mindset actually decried and tried to suppress independent thinking and we instinctively tried to hide from the facts of history as they pertained specifically to the Watchtower Society. Many of us are "out" now because we managed to climb over that particular hurdle and start, maybe for the first time, to REALLY start to think!

> It was great that after the screening we were able to have some really good, meaningful conversations... as well as the opportunity to compare scars. And it will be great to possibly meet up with some of them as a way of continuing to provide some much-needed support.

> If you haven't seen "Apostasy" yet, by all means, search out an opportunity to do so. However, bear in mind that if you are an ex-JW (or a naughty current JW) and do decide to watch it, you may experience some degree of triggering.
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> It's grim being a JW
> clennox-362087 June 2018
> This film is about being a part of a Jehovah's Witness family in the North of England. I was brought up as a JW in England and this film captures the faith and community perfectly. The location of the film fitted the subject matter with its 'grim up North' Ken Loach-style. It is very gritty, painfully accurate, and it captures the personalities of a typical JW extremely well. The performance from the actress playing the mother was very strong. I could see her in so many of the JW parents that I encountered when growing up - "just come back to the meetings" is repeated ad nauseum just as it is in the JW religion. This is by far the most realistic portrayal of the JW religion that I have ever seen.
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> The director, Daniel Kokotajlo, nailed it.
> johnviney-1141420 July 2018
> Last night I watched this film with my wife, and we had been Jehovah's Witnesses for near on sixty years. Without giving away any spoilers, the director was accurate in every way with the belief system and indoctrination of this cult. We too were expected (and did for ten years) completely shun two daughters at age sixteen who was vulnerable, had been abused by another member of the faith, and 'went off the JW rails.' The cost....enormous in emotional energy and happiness.

> I was interested in the demeanor of the main character (mother) and noticed just how sad and unhappy she was all the way through 'doing the right thing.' Surely obeying God, if this is what is required, should make us happy, but the film got it spot on. Next time you see any Jehovah's Witnesses at their carts, watch to see if they are smiling and happy if they are not on their phones.

> If you want to know what Jehovah's Witnesses believe without it being sugar coated.....this film is for you. I can vouch that it is 100% accurate in all details and I hope will go some way to alerting people to the reality of the religion.
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> subtle and heartbreaking
> mattiasflgrtll65 February 2018
> Jehovah's Witnesses is one of the most famous sects in the world, yet it doesn't get anywhere near as much exposure as Scientology. This is probably one of the best faith-based movies I've ever seen, mostly because it deals with the emotional and moral consequences the things you are taught to believe can have on those you love in a very realistic way. The acting is natural and none of the performers feel like people acting for a movie. It was like getting into the look of a real family and their hardships. As for how Jehovah's Witnesses members themselves are portrayed, the point is not to show them as evil. It's more of a cautionary stance, on whether it's worth jeopardizing your children's lives because of your conviction to follow one certain ideology. The controversy about Jehovah's Witnesses is that you are not allowed to give or receive blood, even in life-threatening circumstances. The mother in this movie is not an inherently bad person, she just can't find a way to balance her love for God and the love for her children. And that has consequences she might wish she would never have to deal with.

> This movie will stay with you after you've watched it. I urge those who not only are interested in the subject matter of organized sects to see it but those who think a lot about beliefs and how they can affect other people in general.
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> For anyone who thinks that the JW's are a harmless religious sect, you need to see this truthful film from someone who was on the inside. My mom and family and whole community of people that were the only ones I was allowed to have any association with, they are all shunning me, and I haven't even done anything wrong at all, I just stopped believing that it was the only true faith and that JW's were the only ones that were going to survive the destruction of Armageddon. But because of this, I've lost everyone. The highest rate of suicide of any group is the jws. It's not harmless, it's abusive and makes people feel trapped. This movie is completely accurate and shows the inner world that most outsiders will never get to see. A sad, but truthful film, that is a must watch! Cults of this kind are dangerous!
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> Very close to the truth on the blood issue
> cochran1215 October 2018
> I can relate to this film. I would like to say, that being a true Christian should not be based on the taking away of free will to choose. We are all, (elders) as well are only imperfect humans. There are numerous scriptures that tell us to love one another. When the prodigal son sold his birthright and later returned seeking forgiveness, he was not shunned. Being a follower of Christ is not based on numbers, or the boasting or the tearing down of other people and other religions. There is an example in the Bible, which tells the story of a man and his farm animal, during this time you were not to work on the Sabbath. However, the man's animal fell into a hole, and the man worked hard to save his animal, which happened to be on the Sabbath. They (people) wanted to punish the man because he broke the law. This is where it gets interesting. The Bible tells us if your animal fell into a hole, would you not try and save them. It further brings out how so much more if it was our children. In this movie, the blood issue is used. The Mosaic law was to abstain from blood, but, if it was used to save a life, then the law of love, the new law, this law of love was to Trump any and all laws. The true definition of practicing to live as Christian's is Love! The Bible clearly states for us not to put our trust in man, who cannot give you salvation, but in God, but to trust him only. Newsflash to witnesses, Jehovah, sent his only begotten son to die for (ALL) mankind, not just one particular religious group. I serve a just God. We are so lucky it is He who does the judging, not man.
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