American Experience: The Amish DVD & Blu-ray

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The Amish intercuts historical analysis with contemporary footage to provide an unprecedented look at this highly private, little understood, and utterly unique community whose beliefs raise important questions about religious liberty in American life. 
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The Amish intercuts historical analysis with contemporary footage to provide an unprecedented look at this highly private, little understood, and utterly unique community whose beliefs raise important questions about religious liberty in American life. 

On October 2, 2006, a 32-year-old milk truck driver named Charles Roberts entered a one-room schoolhouse in the Amish community of Nickel Mines in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and shot 10 young girls, killing five, before committing suicide as police officers stormed the school. Just hours after the shooting, Amish community members visited the gunman's family to offer forgiveness. The tragedy at Nickel Mines horrified the nation for its senseless brutality and left many questioning and haunted by the victims' startling response.

Lyrical and meditative, The Amish answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 500-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century. With unprecedented access to the Amish built on patience and hard-won trust, this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film is the first to deeply penetrate and explore this profoundly attention-averse group, painting an extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. What does America's attraction to the Amish say about deep American values? What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past?

Special Features include…
Behind the Scenes

Producer: Sharon Grimberg, Callie T. Wiser, Sarah Colt
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Year: 2012
Copyright Year: 2012
Rating: TV-PG
Writers: David Belton
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

17 Reviews
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Judith
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5.0 star rating
04/13/22
Amish
Review by Judith on 04/13/22 review stating Amish
Excellent, informative, well designed, thoughtfully delivered, will share and watch again.
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Travelers
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Interesting history of the Amish/ways
Review by Travelers on 07/17/20 review stating Interesting history of the Amish/ways
We have visited the Amish Country before as our daughter lives in York, PA. Several family members (from CA AZ) are taking a trip together to meet in a BB in Gordonville, PA to visit the Amish area. Saw this on a PBS station purchased it to share with everyone before our trip to familiarize ourselves once again about Amish history and their ways to better understand what we will be seeing.
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Sandi
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Amazing
Review by Sandi on 07/17/20 review stating Amazing
If only everyone were like this, we wouldnt have the problems in the world like we have now.. No need to pay high gas prices, or worry about consumers greed.. I would love to beable to live this way, but as like many others I am stuck in this world of technology and became reliant on the materialistic items of today.. So sad, we could all learn a thing or two and become better people..
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Flee N.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Authenic and Exciting
Review by Flee N. on 07/17/20 review stating Authenic and Exciting
We watched this Amish story with great interest and appreciation. Living in the heart of the Amish community in Lancaster County has given us a deep and growing appreciation for these people. We have a growing friendship with two extended Amish families, and your story is an accurate depiction of their living faith. Authentic and Exciting well describe this presentation.
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Info B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great Information
Review by Info B. on 07/17/20 review stating Great Information
It is a real plus to have these American Experience DVDs. This is a wonderful way to get historical knowledge and also to keep up with the changes in our cultures. This particular one is very thorough. Photography is great. The scenary is very appealing. All-in-all, a really good product.
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Julekake
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
A good account of modern day Amish life.
Review by Julekake on 07/17/20 review stating A good account of modern day Amish life.
Okay presentation but not so scholarly.
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Jed
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
American Experience: The Amish DVD by PB
Review by Jed on 07/17/20 review stating American Experience: The Amish DVD by PB
We watched the movie together as a family and it opened the eyes of my daughters and brought up allot of questions I was pleased to answer.
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Taborlady
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
One of the very best
Review by Taborlady on 07/17/20 review stating One of the very best
A thoroughly enjoyable and informative piece of work on an admirable people who, sadly, are facing great challenges in modern-day life.
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Profesor E.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very Nicely Done
Review by Profesor E. on 07/17/20 review stating Very Nicely Done
This film gives a real live, glimpse into the lives of the Amish; a wonderful, but often mysterious people. With comments from members and a lot of footage, the viewer gets a chance to get about as up close and personal, as most of us will ever get.
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Juliane
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
I thought it was great
Review by Juliane on 07/17/20 review stating I thought it was great
More about the Amish is becoming public and people are thirsty for this info because it has been such a secret for all these years. I liked how educational it was, especially about MAP in Ohio helping those who leave and not just letting them flounder in the mainstream english world and get in trouble. We need more like this.
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Sds
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Amish
Review by Sds on 07/17/20 review stating The Amish
There could have been more details added but for one who has not even heard of this sect, it is a beginning. Mazel tov. Keep up the good work.
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Jreyes
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Amish
Review by Jreyes on 07/17/20 review stating The Amish
I though at first that this was a movie in a since but it was a doccumentary. It was good to hear the real people talk about their culture and I learned alot about their ways and culture. Interesting for my children to watch and learnd the history and the truth from the Amish themselves. Their ways are timeless in a sense that children of today could learn alot from them about respect and honor from the Amish children. We loved it as a family. We could learn alot from the Amish to survive!
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Amish R.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Well done and much-needed current info
Review by Amish R. on 07/17/20 review stating Well done and much-needed current info
I particularly enjoyed this video and wished to buy it for my collection, as I have met several of the featured speakers personally.
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Jim R.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great Testament To The LORD Our God*
Review by Jim R. on 07/17/20 review stating Great Testament To The LORD Our God*
I am not going to give the reader a review of the documentaries entirety - all i would like to state is that this way of life is worth taking duly notice to. You will either get it... or you will not get it. If you happen to get stirred over this in any way, i would attribute any positive feelings felt by one to be God stirring your heart and soul in a way for you to take notice. In the world... not of the world.
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Elliethequilter
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Why we admire the Amish
Review by Elliethequilter on 07/17/20 review stating Why we admire the Amish
We admire the Amish for one simple reason, they are living the life we know we should be living. They dont talk about their religion, they live it, everyday no matter how hard it is. This is something we are not willing or able to do. I know I could never be a submissive Amish woman, but I admire what the stand for. If only we could be more like them. Perhaps our world would be a better place.
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Auntie E.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Amish have it right
Review by Auntie E. on 07/17/20 review stating Amish have it right
In alot of ways their values make sense. We could use less stuff in this fast paced gotta have it all world.
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Jolle7
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very Interesting!
Review by Jolle7 on 07/17/20 review stating Very Interesting!
Watched the program on PBS last evening. The fact that such a diverse culture continues to prosper in this age of lawlessness is amazing indeed. The program left us with some unanswered questions....what happened to the lady with an abusive husband after the elders blamed her and refused to deal with the situation? What happened to the group that moved to Colorado? It would have added to the issue of mixing with the English had you shown some scenes from The Green Dragon near Ephrata, or Roots Auction, or the Lancaster Central Market---all places where the Amish do very well selling their shoo-fly pies and hundreds of other goodies. Nonetheless, it was a very good presentation and I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciate it!

"From its first moments, viewers are put in a contemplative and deliberate frame of mind, as if on an enlightened walk through the fields of the Lord. Along the way, the Amish - and the sociologists and historians who have studied them - have much to teach us, not only about simplicity and basic living, bu also about the most elusive happiness of all: the spiritual kind." - Washington Post, 2/28/2012.

"Beautifully shot and scored, the documentary raises fascinating questions about religious freedom, the nature of the family, the ambiguous definition of 'progress' and, for Christians, what it means to truly try to follow the teachings of Christ." - Los Angeles Times, 2/28/2012.

"Grade A-. It's a fascinating retreat from our frenzied world - which you might view differently upon re-entry." - Newsday, 3/38/12.



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