Cornerstone Films Takes Worldwide Sales on Jehovah’s Witness Film ‘Apostasy’

Cornerstone Films Takes Worldwide Sales on
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Cornerstone Films has boarded Daniel Kokotajlo’s directorial debut feature “Apostasy” ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. The sales company will introduce the film to buyers in Toronto.

“Apostasy” is based on Kokotajlo’s own experiences as a former Jehovah’s Witness, telling a story of the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love. It follows the story of two sisters (Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright) in the English city of Manchester’s Jehovah’s Witness community, whose faith and family ties are tested when one is condemned for fornication with a non-believer and the other is pressured to shun her sibling. Siobhan Finneran plays the girls’ mother. Robert Emms also stars.

“Daniel has sensitively questioned the notion of unconditional familial love [and] while doing so created three powerful roles for strong and complex women struggling to find their place in their community and in their relationships with one another,” said producer Marcie MacLellan.

The film was produced by Andrea Cornwell for Saddleworth Films and MacLellan for Frank & Lively Productions. It was developed and produced through Creative England’s iFeatures, its low-budget filmmaking lab, with the support of BBC Films and the BFI in association with Oldgarth Media.

The British production will debut in Toronto’s Discovery program Sept. 8.

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  1. David says:

    If you want to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, then follow the norms. If you don’t want to follow the norms, do not be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s simple. Great article here:

  2. Jehovah’s Witnesses is an evil sect with the purpose of manipulating member s minds only with one goal, that goal is keeping people in mental darkness so they can lie and lie. They are against critical thinking and University education because they want to keep their members ignorant. This sect failed completely about Bible prophecies, 1975 and 1914 were dates used by the Watchtower for the end of the world, nothing happened, now that 1914 is an obsolete date this sect is changing gears by looking for different explanation to used 1914 as a valid date, but it is all lies.

    • biblicalarcheology says:

      a sect of what? and who is NOT a sect? and what do the non sect believe and can you show me from a bible why they are correct and which churches are better and which churches are not? No right? next….

  3. biblicalarcheology says:

    the people commenting against jehovahs witnesses are here due to a secret and a public facebook group by a cult organization ran by a Lesbian named Lee , who was married to a man 3 times, before opting to be a lesbian… in the middle of that was a witness husband. husband number two. Her partner in her hate group is a guy named grundy. He is an atheist. They are planning to gather money to set up an attack on Jehovahs witnesses, and have a not for profit called AAWA. they open up Fake facebook accounts often, and pretend to be jehovahs witnesses and set of facebook groups all for the reason of allowing their facebook friends who are atheists and LGBT supporters to get in and bash Jws, and also attack facebook accounts of those that expose them. this is really about a bunch of Hate group members getting away with their hate. And you will see them commenting Here… Alexantra James being one of them. On Facebook, check the friendslist of such people. They have several friends, and a series of fake account users as well.. they spew hatred for Jws. And have for varied reasons for over 15 years. If they were to show the same Hate for Jews as they do Jehovahs witnesses, it would be clear hate and a hate group.

    they do this by reporting your account as fake. Knowing that facebook is run by BOTS , they will auto shut down any account including real ones.

    They also have in their ranks people claiming to be ex jws but clearly do not have such a past. they are church members from long ago. “Fifth” is one, meaning “5th baptist Church.” Alex James, who plays a man on the net for years, but now shows her face as being a woman is another.

    In order to Join their secret group you have to upload an image of yourself. For some reason, they group then shifted to being interested in the sexual behaviors of children, and is about LGBT little kids.

    I dont know about you, but as a kid, I wasnt worried about sex in such a way.

    The funny thing is, this article includes a person who made a book about “false memories” and how one man was charged as a pedophile but the memories were implanted upon the children..
    And here he is willing to bash Jws without fact checking any of the claims of people?

    Lastly, “unconditional love” and being disfellowshipped are two different things..
    when a person is reproved, they are still a member…But a person that is disfellowshipped is a person that saw the bible…Opted to say “screw what the bible says, Im doing whatever I want”. Jws will in turn say, No…sit down, be quiet among us.. 6 months…study the word of God. Speak to elders in the mean time…Read the bible… Learn where your actions took a turn against GOD…not against “jehovahs witneses”

    Christians do not believe in sex outside marriage….

    Ironically, many feel jws didnt disfellowship Fast enough regarding a pedophile! Yet their own organizations, such as the AAWA have zero protections, and zero means of removing anyone…

    Nor the churches… Nor the atheist organizations…

    • Jesse Otto says:

      “Christians do not believe in sex outside marriage….” correction… fundamentalist Christians do not “believe” in sex outside of marriage… fundamentalists think that God literally beamed his own thoughts onto paper thousand of years ago and they can be read as direct comments on modern society, which is just… hilarious… and most Christians recognize that the Bible is not “history” in this sense we think of our history books… JWs still think Noah’s ark and the global flood actually happened… really… I’ll wait for everyone to stop laughing… and which religions today prohibit family members from speaking to one another? only high control cults… the JW organization is strangulating… growth does not even keep up with population growth… and 2 in 3 leave the religion of their birth in the US, the highest percentage of any religion… so I don’t care about your detective work with who is on which Facebook page… because it does not matter

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        this is the stupidest post I have ever seen… Jehovahs witnesses dont corner the market on the flood… thank you for that honor though… They jehovahs witnesses do not corner the market on the idea that sex outside marriage is unscriptual. but thank you for that honor though… Clearly you dont know the bible itself… so your views about jws dont matter much either…

    • Bobby White says:

      I was a JW for 40 years. There is no defending this Cult started by CT Russell. Do some fact finding, and realize you have been brainwashed, just like I was. Do nothing if you are happy being a judgemental doctrinated victim!

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        if you were a “jw for 40 years” then you obviously are not “shedding some kind of light by bringing up the name russell. LOL you think a jw has never heard of the name russell? people talking like you give yourselves away. as do people bringing up 1975, and bla bla bla. As if we are ot 100% aware of who we are… You monkeys seem to forget. …most of jws came from churches and from the street. so who exactly do you think youre tricking stupid?Some of us were in fact ANTI jw like you idiots and did all the talking you did… have you ever thought about that? no right?

  4. Steve says:

    its annoying that im unable to share this with others by e mail other options available but not e mail many others do this also ANNOYING

  5. Roger Kirkpatrick says:

    “No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds objectionable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family.” That statement appeared in the article “Is It Wrong to Change Your Religion?” in the July 2009 Awake magazine, published and distributed widely by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Nearly everyone reading that statement would consider it mere common sense. However, to Jehovah’s Witnesses, that statement only applies to those changing religions to become a Jehovah’s Witness, not to those who leave the Witnesses for conscientious reasons.

    That same Awake article continued: “Does study of the Bible lead to family breakup? No. In fact, the Bible encourages a husband and wife who practice different religions to remain together as a family.” Yet, Jehovah’s Witnesses who voluntarily leave the religion for conscientious reasons are often divorced by their mates who remain in the religion. When I resigned as a Witness in 2015, my wife of 43 years divorced me.

    It has been said that Jehovah’s Witnesses are like the Eagles’ Hotel California where “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” An individual Witness can “check out,” as it were, by becoming inactive, ceasing to attend meetings at the Kingdom Hall and no longer preaching, required activities for active Witnesses. However, if at any age one chooses to “leave” by voluntarily resigning from the religion for conscientious reasons, one is ostracized and shunned by family and friends who remain in the religion. Such treatment of ex-Witnesses is mandated by the Watchtower Society, the legal organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and anyone failing to obey that directive is subject to the same treatment. Many observers–evidently including the Russian government–view this common practice by Jehovah’s Witnesses to be a violation of basic human rights.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they alone are God’s organization on earth today, and their actions over past decades suggest that they consider themselves to be an entitled religion, exempt from the judgments they presumptuously impose on other religions. For example, the article “Are You Also Excommunicated?” in the January 8, 1947, Awake magazine criticized the Catholic Church’s practice of excommunicating those who violate Church laws, stating that the practice has no basis in scripture and is of pagan origin. However, just five years later, in 1952, the Watchtower Society embraced a more severe form of excommunication called disfellowshiping. Unlike excommunication, disfellowshiping requires that morally upright persons who leave the Witnesses for conscientious reasons be completely shunned and viewed as dead by family and friends who remain Witnesses.

    Similarly, the article “Their Refuge–A Lie!” in the June 1, 1991, Watchtower denounced as apostate other religions specifically for being accredited to the United Nations as non-governmental organizations (NGO). However, before 1991 ended, the Watchtower Society had also become accredited to the UN as an NGO. While publicly denouncing the UN as the Devil’s visible organization, the Watchtower Society served essentially as publicity agents for the UN and served in that capacity for the next ten years, reapplying each year for accreditation, until the double standard was exposed by the Guardian newspaper in October 2001.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that it is their God-given responsibility to expose religious error and hypocrisy wherever they find it. They often visit their neighbors–uninvited–and warn them to leave their Babylonish false religions or face destruction by God at Armageddon. They believe that failure to render such warning makes one blood-guilty before God. Yet, Witnesses who openly challenge unscriptural Watchtower teachings and practices are routinely disfellowshiped and branded as mentally diseased apostates.

    It is said that when toxic people can no longer control you, they will try to influence how others view you. If only in spirit, Jehovah’s Witnesses closely resemble the Islamic State (ISIS) which literally kills those whom it views as infidels.

    President Barack Obama stated, “We must work together to decisively and unequivocally reject hateful ideologies, teachings and practices that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity.”

    In his book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” New Yorker columnist Lawrence Wright wrote: “People have the right to believe whatever they choose. But it is a different matter to use the protections afforded a religion by the First Amendment to falsify history, to propagate forgeries, and to cover up human-rights abuses.”

    Russia recently banned Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist religion which violates human rights and destroys families. I believe that any religious organization which suppresses truth, or which manufactures and propagates its own truth, is an oppressive and harmful cult. Furthermore, I believe that any religious organization which violates the basic human rights of its members–such as requiring families to shun members who leave for conscientious reasons–should have its tax-exempt status revoked.

    • biblicalarcheology says:

      you said “jws feel they are the only ones that are right”….. Ok wait… why do religious groups exist at all? Your logic is stupid. Do you even know who the Catholics were and how they came to be so large? It certainly wasnt from knocking on doors and asking people if they would like to learn…
      So too all the other faiths of the world…

      YOUR issue is with religion. Not Jws…

      but as a Gay man looking to hate religion as you are doing… why not start your conversation off with “I am a homosexual who really doesnt profess to most religious views in the first place” and THEN start your cheap excuse why jehovahs witnesses should be singled out.

      Lastly, all of you guys are Anti Trump because you guys are “far left Liberals”. Hence you have a mess of atheists with you as well… so youre placing your hope in armies or governments… how much are gaining from hopes in either left or right? today people are fighting in the streets… would listening to God resolve that behavior?

    • biblicalarcheology says:

      you are full of crap. and like the other AAWA people, you are part of the atheist/LGBT community…looking to bash religions that do not conform to you… Beating on the doors… and you tried to “bring out the men” but its not working, so you and your AAWA members are looking to press hiding behind “other reasons” why you can get away with a Hate Group.

      You claimed in your own words the reason you left jws… You did exactly what the bible says…”each man is enticed by his OWN desires” ….thats proverbs… not jws. You said the following:

      I had learned that the terms heterosexual and homosexual had been coined in the nineteenth century and primarily denoted orientation as opposed to behavior. Many dictionaries list the primary definition of both terms as denoting sexual DESIRE regardless of whether such desire is acted upon. (Similarly, dictionaries define an alcoholic as one having an unnatural desire for alcohol, and many who consider themselves to be alcoholics abstain from imbibing alcohol altogether.)

      Of course, you did not fact check ANY of that “learning” you wanted to reach and get. Or who was behind these definitions you opted to place your trust in… You opted to trust those definitions and those that would agree with your personal wants… thats a paraphilia. and it was called such intil 1974 when the APA was forced to change by the same tactics being tried here… pressure from within and outside…not science..But arm twisting.

      You dont fact check those whom you want to follow… Like a Nazi not fact checking the claims of his fellow hate group members who say the Jews made up their oppression under hitler.

      the same Eager effort against jehovahs witnesses, wasnt shown in regards your sexual wants because you didnt want to afford God such a thing. If a man wants to come up with a reason to “find science” to back him, he will find it.

      however, you cant trump the bible. The bible speaks against Sex outside marriage… Sex is “natural” isnt it?
      Well this is what God requires…heres the thing…you dont HAVE to like knew the regulations of God BEFORE becoming a christian witness…In order to debate against this, you will have to make extreme claims like saying “well some are baptized at 8”. So all the jws are baptized at 8? Or even most? no right?
      the other lie is “i lost my whole family”. Who has their “whole family” in the kingdom hall? few…

      Lastly, being disfellowshipped isnt GET OUT LEAVE THE BUILDING… no one said tat but those that did so…

      They make a leap…an assumption that the people WANT to see their loved one act up against god…but heres the catch…IN THE BIBLE David did the similar thing.. He was in great grief over his son Absalom who had turned against God, by doing opposite of his will…all the while feeling that God was on HIS side!

      Well God was not… and Absalom later found himself in opposition and David lost his son in a battle. David was in great grief over his son who had turned bad… However, Joab corrected him to place his loyalty with the people who remained loyal to God… THATS THE BIBILE…
      you dont like it? the USA government is the same way ya know, and so is england…and any other organization, including employers..

      there is structure.. and a do and dont..

      What You want is NO brakes and NO correction in religion, but you certainy dont mind when a government corrects behaviors IN YOUR LGBT FAVOR right? they call that “freedom”. then you take yur new found freedoms to go bash others!? Yeah ok… You want people to let homosexuals Live and let live right? yu dont want a church trying to change laws against you right? Well in turn, why are you trying to tell people what they should or should do in their religion?

      • Will says:

        Your tone is insulting and yet the post you replied to was courteous and factual. Why the defensiveness and snark? I too was raised a JW and left as a young adult, what I learned is they are not the “truth” they deliberately suppress critical thinking and cover up their past mistakes and failed predictions.

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        thats stupid. A church isnt a location for “critical thinking”. Neither is a school. You dont go into a college class and raise your hand to debate the teacher. The school teaches YOU. So to a religion. You dont go to a church for back and forth debates…

        thats retarded. Show me, in fact, ANY meeting, political, or otherwise, where people are there to learn from a teacher, but its about Open debate

      • Roger Kirkpatrick says:

        @biblicalarcheology: Here is the Watchtower article which was the basis of my comments you referenced. “It is interesting that, according to dictionary definitions, homosexuality includes sexual DESIRE for others of one’s own sex. Yet the Bible makes a distinction between the practice of what is bad and sinful desires or tendencies. These desires may be present despite determined efforts to eradicate them from mind and body. Because of their earlier life environment, and perhaps other factors, we may have Christian brothers and sisters who from time to time have the urge for sexual relations with members of their own sex. But they fight that unnatural, Satan-inspired desire—and they do not give in to it. So they are not practicing homosexuals.” (From the article Maintaining God’s View of Sex in the June 1, 1983 Watchtower.) So, the Watchtower acknowledged that there are homosexuals who choose not to practice fornication. Your assumption that I am a homosexual is further proof that you do not know what you are talking about.

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        “Because of their earlier life environment, and perhaps other factors, we may have Christian brothers and sisters who from time to time have the urge for sexual relations with members of their own sex. But they fight that unnatural, Satan-inspired desire—-”

        then you added a spin, “there are homosexuals”—Is that what was said, or is that what youre desperately trying to glue on to the comment? It is an UNNATURAL LUST DRIVEN BY SATAN…
        You trying to give it a SATAN GIVEN NAME, ”
        Im going to be very clear… The magazine included The “dictionary definition of homosexuality” which shifts as people set agendas to assure it does.

        YOU THEN DEFINE HOMOSEXUALITY as something BORN… at least it is nowadays… In fact I’ll tell you a term no longer used.. “tomboy”. for you see the lgbt community has deemed any such girls are actually lesbians. they are not going to allow such a notion.

      • Biblearchaeology is fake news.

      • JW is an evil sect.

    • Adran says:

      Very well said Sir. As a 3rd generational exJW, I can surely agree with everything you have said 100%.

      Thanks for writing such a clear and concise article.

  6. John says:

    What people don’t know about being a Jehovah witness. It is your choice and your desire.
    No one forced you to be a Jehovah witness. And if you wanted to be one you agree to live to the standards that you beleave are set in the bible.

    Sad to say, there ones that have make mistakes in how thay are meant to do things or to me are just thick in there choice in how to handle a matter. But there is clear guidance on how to handle matters safely and report everything to the police.
    But you must remember, parents are the first and foremost responsible for there children safety, In all aspects of the child life.. not someone else.
    And may I add if it was not for the Guidance that was provided to my parents thay would not be together now for 54 years. Being a Jehovah witness saved my parents marriage.

    Don’t judge all Jehovah witnesses by one small group and there actions.
    Would you like to be judged the same way? I hope not.
    Any way I hope you have a nice day and perhaps a little better informed.

    • Roger Kirkpatrick says:

      John, which of the following official Watchtower statements reflects the prevailing attitude among Jehovah’s Witnesses?

      “We would have no quarrel with any one who wants to seek truth through other channels. We would not refuse to treat one as a brother because he did not believe the Society is the Lord’s channel.” (April 1, 1920 Watchtower, page 100.)
      “Persons who make themselves ‘not of our sort’ by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshiped for wrongdoing.” (September 15, 1981 Watchtower, page 23.)
      “No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family.” (From the article, “Is It Wrong to Change Your Religion?” July 2009 AWAKE!, page 28)
      Lead attorney for Australian Royal Commission: “And do you see yourselves as Jehovah God’s spokespeople on earth?”

      Governing Body member Geoffrey Jackson: “That, I think, would seem to be quite presumptuous, to say that we are the only spokesperson that God is using.”

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        I see how you cleaverly cut and pasted “no one should be forced to bla bla bla” from an awake… Unfortunately you are dealing with someone that plans on posting the entire passage for all to see how y9u tried to spin that crap and wrap it in a lie…removing the biblical portion out as well… all so you could continue to be a bigot… THE ENTIRE PASSAGE SAYS THE FOLLOWING:

        Balancing Family Loyalty
        When people change their beliefs, they may decide that they will no longer share in certain religious rituals or holidays. Understandably, this can result in strong feelings within the family. Jesus acknowledged this. He told his followers: “I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a young wife against her mother-in-law.” (Matthew 10:35) Did Jesus mean that Bible teachings were designed to be an unavoidable cause of contention? No. He simply foresaw what could happen when family members react negatively to one who takes a firm stand for beliefs different from theirs.
        Should family conflict be avoided at all costs? The Bible teaches that children should be obedient to parents and that wives should be in subjection to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:22; 6:1) However, it instructs those who love God to “obey God as ruler rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Thus, at times, loyalty to God may result in your making a decision that is unpopular with some family members.
        Although the Bible makes a clear distinction between true and false teachings, God allows each person the freedom to choose how he or she will respond. (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20) No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family. Does study of the Bible lead to family breakup? No. In fact, the Bible encourages a husband and wife who practice different religions to remain together as a family.—1 Corinthians 7:12, 13.

        So what does de 30:18-,20 say? 17 “But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are enticed and bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I tell you today that you will certainly perish. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. 19 I take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you today that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curse; and you must choose life so that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving Jehovah your God, by listening to his voice, and by sticking to him, for he is your life and by him you will endure a long time in the land that Jehovah swore to give to your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

        GOD back before Jesus, gave the israelites the option. They COULD worship other Gods. AND THEY DID! Some times God put them to death… most the time he did not.. So what death was he referencing? it certainly wasnt instant death was it?

        Today, God offers being saved and not saved…. You think Jws made up the idea of being saved and not saved?
        You are making a leap that there is somehow good in any old faith one picks… well if it is… WHY does that faith come about in our day and age at all? WHY is there a methodist when there are catholics? why Orthodox when there are baptists? Since it doesnt matter, do we make God a burger king God? Like a facebook version of him? Where WE tell GOD how things are to be? and you “find the God that suits YOU best?”

        Kennedy said ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY…. but God asks nothing of us but love, right? we can just throw away the whole bible?

        And all the religious groups dont matter even though they have multiple ways to View even who God even is?

        Listen, you cant debate this… you really cant… youre too busy finding the next JW to hate… and justify it like a klansman would his views of blacks jews and mexicans… they are like “we dont hate the people, just the crimes they are doing more than everyone else…”

    • I would buy that argument if your own governing body didn’t talk about coercing children into baptism, even encouraging parents to withhold driving privileges and saying “we don’t swallow that.” Yes, children are coerced, emotionally blackmailed, and punished if they don’t become a Witness, and now you say it’s a person’s own choice. Hogwash.

      As for parents protecting children, that’s great, unless it’s the parents doing the abusing. The elders still abandon those victims to handle matters on their own. So much for your “love of neighbor.”

      • Bible archaeology is fake news, put your real name, maybe you work the evil Watchtower

      • biblicalarcheology says:

        speaking about loving neighbor, how long have you been spewing hate against jehovahs witnesses? And babies are baptized into the catholics. Religious groups are worldwide…how young are people muslim? do you even know? Or Buddhist? Lets change the Jw hate and insert the word “Jews” and see if your little hate group youre associted with sounds just what it is…A Hate group. Here is the Mission statement of yyour Hate group youre in With the Word “Jew” inserted:

        Advocates for Awareness of Israeli Abuses (AAIA) is an international non-profit education-focused organization, with 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. Its mission is to enable the media, educators, social services, legal professionals, doctors, nurses, mental health counselors, therapists and the general public to make informed decisions about Jew policies, which violate the basic human rights of Jews , the children of Jews and ex-Jews.”

        Now… how does yur little group sound when its directed at some other group? Like a HATE group thats what…

  7. Molly says:

    The Jehovah’s witness religion or more accurately cult is for many years known to have costed many lives, destroyed relationships, broken up families, casused emothional and mental distress and much more to its followers. As a former member, i have seen a lot of terrible things done in the name of God inside this cult. It is designed to misinform, indoctrinate, terrify and abuse members and families strategically. Stay out of this cult and have your happiness.

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