It won Best Irish Fiction Short at the Kerry International Film Festival, and has three nominations for the Richard Harris International Film Festival.
In ‘Debutante’, Meg’s simple life revolves around her duties as a Jehovah’s Witness and a platonic relationship with her boyfriend Sam. It all goes well until she is summoned to a judicial committee hearing of three congregation elders obsessed with controlling her sexuality.
Meg faces the threat of being ‘disfellowshipped’ or shunned by the community which she has grown up to believe to be the only route to salvation. Shunned people effectively become ghosts, with no interaction from their friends or even family members.
You can watch the trailer for the film here, or at the end of this article.
Atheist Ireland became partners of the film when Kamila Dydna approached us way back in the pre-Covid world of 2019. Kamila is a former Jehovah’s Witness living in Ireland, and her script was based the experiences of many young co-religionists in her native Poland.
You can watch Kamila interviewing Michael Nugent about the film here.
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