Filmed over the course of twelve months, The Amish: Shunned 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. Estranged from family, the ex-Amish 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. 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.
Thank goodness for American Experience, which treats the religious community with respect, while still exposing the harsh treatment given to those who leave the flock. --Minneapolis Star Tribune
Others have produced years of reality programming that might loosely be described as Amish Boys and Girls
Gone Wild . . . But the PBS documentary is beautiful and moving in ways those other programs could never be. --Wall Street Journal
Brings a welcome level of calm
and balance to the discussion. . . a poignant look at a troubling dilemma. (3 out of 5
stars.) --New York Daily News