The Amish Shunned on American Experience Tuesday

Filmed over the course of 12 months, this film follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly knit communities in the United States. It’s not an easy transition, being estranged from family they find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in a modern American society outside of their community.

The producers do an excellent job of telling this story.  We hear the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.

The Amish Shunned: American Experience airs Tuesday, February 4 at 9pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation Wednesday, February 5 at 9pm on WOSU PLUS.