The Amish: Shunned
WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR: Callie T. Wiser / AMERICAN EXPERIENCE / FEBRUARY 2014
The Amish, which aired in February 2012, told the story of what it means to be a part of the insular, centuries-old Amish community. The Amish: Shunned shifts focus to tell the story of what it means to leave that community. Revealing the pain of those who leave and the suffering of those left behind, The Amish: Shunned is the story of people confronted with difficult choices. Whether out in the world for weeks or decades, the former Amish people featured in the film struggle to create a new sense of community. Interwoven with their stories are the voices of staunchly loyal Amish men and women who explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties and traditions that bind them together, and the heartbreak they feel when a loved one falls away. Through its sympathetic portrayal of both sides, the film explores what is gained and what is lost when community and tradition are exchanged for individuality and freedom.