The Amish: A People of Preservation

Published on 1st April 2017 by

A one hour long TV documentary from 2000 which looks into the lives of the Amish and how they live without any modern conveniences, the film focuses primarily on simply showcasing their lifestyles without any sort of in depth discussion about the fundamental beliefs which drive their life decisions. Despite being made in the year 2000 it appears that the film may use some footage which is much older than that. The director of the film is John L. Ruth, a respected historian who specialized in writing about the various Anabaptist communities and Amish, Hutterite and Mennonite history. Ruth is himself a Mennonite.

Whilst this documentary is far from being the most comprehensive available to watch about the Amish, it is possibly the most groundbreaking and laid the foundations from which many other feature length documentaries could be built. We are not aware of any earlier documentaries about the Amish which used footage obtained at close quarters. One such newer documentary which is well worth a watch is the American Experience episode The Amish (2012).

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