Here’s a link to the BBC ‘Trouble in Amish Paradise’ documentary, now hosted on an Australian site (since removed). I don’t know how long it will be up, but if you’d like to view it, I’d go ahead and do it in case it is taken down. It’s not quite a full hour long.
As to the narrative background, they get some things right, they get some things wrong. There are some generalizations and some factual errors.
Regardless, the documentary itself–from a human drama perspective if nothing else–is captivating.
It features two Amish couples in various stages of conflict with their congregations. The main couple featured is Ephraim and Amanda Stoltzfus. I met Ephraim and Amanda in Lancaster County 2 years ago, when they were already under the Bann. They were still attending services however, and had not moved off the farm yet as they do in the documentary.
Although I’m not certain I’d agree with the premise of the dissenters’ arguments against the church, they are very likable people, and especially the gregarious Ephraim, as is evident from the film.
There’s a lot more that could be said about this documentary but for lack of time I’m not going to be able to do so at the moment. If anyone has comments after viewing please feel free.
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