The Amish: How They Survive


A 2005 documentary which takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Ohio Amish life and culture. The Amish live outside of mainstream culture and have limited contact with the outside world, rules include not being permitted to own a television or having a telephone inside the home.

The Amish population in North America grew exponentially over the course of the 20th century, from 5000 people inhabiting a handful of American states to over 200,000 people living in communities which stretch across 25 American states and Canadian provinces.

This film shows how the Amish have had to adapt to their fast growing population, at one stage 90% of Amish people survived by farming the land but now just 5%, but the community has successfully evolved without abandoning their original principles.

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