In Nigeria, ‘Anathema: A White Garment Experience’, a documentary on Cherubim and Seraphim church, a famous Nigerian Christian denomination, has been confirmed for a United States world premiere.
Produced by The Story House FME in association with Chester Media Inc, the documentary, conveyed by actor Okey Uzoeshi, a non-member, follows an insightful “white garment story from a place of authentic truth, shining a light on certain fallacies and exploring the Aladura churches journey from inception.”
The documentary, shot in Lagos, Ikare and Dallas, Texas, features filmmakers Niyi Akinmolayan, ID Cabasa, and Bimbo Akintola, among others. Its world premiere has been confirmed for November 2022 at the Irving centre, Texas in November 2022. A Nigerian premiere will reportedly follow ahead of its streaming debut.
As the director, screenwriter, and filmmaker Francisca Mobolaji Eleyele said, “I wanted to try as much as possible to balance the scales in telling the White Garment Experience story. As a non-member of the church, it was imperative I keep an open mind and describe it as factual and exciting as can be.”
Also commenting, Sam Ogunyooye, Executive Producer, said, “Anathema is a vehement dislike for something. But sometimes, people seem to dislike what they have little or no knowledge about. I had this experience growing up as a kid in Surulere where the elite came at night to my parents to pray but kept a standoffish attitude during day time. This informed the need to tell our story through this documentary in a way that captures the church’s light, ensuring the filming meets a certain quality standard that cuts across all demography and engages the younger generation, who are the church’s future.”