American Experience: The Amish, Part 2
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American Experience: The Amish, Part 2

Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.

A glimpse into the private world of the Amish.

"The Amish" answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 500-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused for more than a century.

With unprecedented access, built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to penetrate deeply and explore this attention-averse group. In doing so, "The Amish" paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life.

Part one of "The Amish" airs on Tuesday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m. Part two airs on Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.

“In our 23 years, with almost 300 films completed, this was the most difficult that we’ve ever made,” said Mark Samels, Executive Producer of "American Experience." “We had a subject that was by its very nature against the idea of us getting close to them and making a film about them. But we cautiously and slowly built bonds of trust within the community. We had some key advisors who had worked with the Amish for decades whom they trusted; they reassured them that we were not going to do a superficial drive-by, ‘gotcha,’ program. We said, ‘We really want to understand who you are. And we want your voice
to be in this film.’”

Among those interviewed in the film is Steven M. Nolt, a Professor of History at Goshen College and author of several books on the Amish, including, most recently, The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World, with Donald B. Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher (2010).