Docudrama on White Garment Churches Set for World Premiere in the U.S.

‘Anathema’ to reimagine white garment churches in popular imagination
BY Dayo Oyewo

Anathema, a docudrama about the white garment churches will have its world premiere on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Irving Arts Center, Texas, the United States of America.

 

This film from the stable of Cheser Media Inc. sets out to explore the church, its inception and journey so far, and it 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 stigmatization.

 

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

 

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.”

 

Besides, “It is 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,” Ogunyooye adds.

 

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.

 

Speaking on the significance of the documentary, the Chief PRO of the C & S Unification Church of Nigeria, Muyiwa Adeyemi says the docudrama tries its best to tell the story of the white garment churches and correct certain fallacies and misconceptions about white garment churches in Nigeria.

 

“Egbe Kerubu tiye” – the first soundtrack from the docudrama – was released in June, and it features Seraph gospel acts, Dare Fashola, Israel Classic, ID Olohun Iyo and ID Tones. Other songs from the soundtrack parade renowned personalities in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

 

The docudrama, produced by Francisca Eleyele, will be hitting the cinema in Nigeria after the U.S. premiere. Popular TV host and comedian, Teju Babyface, is hosting the U.S. opening.

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