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Anathema set for world premiere Nov 11

By Boluwatife Williams
11 November 2022   |   3:32 am
Anathema, a documentary film about the white garment church, will have its world premiere on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Irvin Arts Centre, Texas, the United States of America.

Anathema, a documentary film about the white garment church, will have its world premiere on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Irvin Arts Centre, Texas, the United States of America.

The documentary film from the stable of Cheser Media Inc. sets out to explore the church: its inception and journey so far.

The project, through artistic medium, also documents the growth and challenges of the Aladura churches by exploring contributions from member and non-members who share their personal experiences, views and stigmatisation. 

Its first soundtrack, titled, ‘Egbe Kerubu tiye’, was released in June. It features Seraph gospel acts: Dare Fashola; Israel Classic; ID Olohun Iyo and ID Tones. The soundtrack had since earned positive remarks from across board.

The docudrama, which was shot both in Nigeria and the U.S., features notable members in the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, as well as the Celestial Church of Christ.

It also features renowned personalities in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The executive producer, Pastor Samuel Ogunyooye, said the project is a complement to various efforts by passionate adherents to tell the story of the church, adding that Anathema is in a unique class of its own.

He said: “Anathema is a vehement dislike for something. But sometimes people seem to dislike what they have little or no knowledge about. This informed the need to tell the story in a way that captures the light of the church, cutting across all demography, especially the younger generation who are the future of the church.”

“It also became imperative to bring on Nollywood personalities, as their input is critical to what we tend to achieve, given their portrayal of the white garment church in movies.”

According to him, the significance of the project is to equally ensure that the story, in its contemporary setting, is told in a less controversial, yet simplified way that appeals to the yearnings of those who wish to know what the origin of the church looks like.

The documentary is produced by Francisca Eleyele.

The project coordinator, Bod Olaibi, says preparations for the premiere is in top gear and finishing touches are being put to the epoch-making event to be anchored by popular TV host/comedian, Teju Babyface.

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