The Amish: Shunned (w.t.)

Filmed over the course of twelve months, The Amish: Shunned (w.t.) follows former members of the Amish community as they reflect and struggle with their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States.  Prohibited from studying beyond the 8th grade, some have left to pursue an education or a career.  Others chafed against the strict control exerted over their lives.  Each has paid deeply for their decision to leave.  Most Amish communities shun those who abandon their faith.  Estranged from family, the ex-Amish also  find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America.

Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. The strength of the Amish community lies within the ability of each individual to put the needs of the community above the needs of themselves.  Though those who remain experience a deep sadness and pain when a loved one leaves the community, those who stay Amish must distance themselves from family members and friends who leave in order to keep their community strong.

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