For most of us, the decision to move out of a community or change religions doesn’t mean being totally cut off from your friends and family. But for the Amish, leaving the Amish community means being shunned by those you’ve spent your life with.
A new American Experience program, The Amish: Shunned, will follow seven former members of an Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly knit communities in the United States.
Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories, which were filmed over 12 months, are 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.
ThinkTV16 and CET will air American Experience - The Amish: Shunned at 9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Here's a preview:
Watch the first chapter of the program below: