American Experience: The Amish Shunned
Tuesday, February 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Former members of an Amish community reflect on their decisions to leave the faith.
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.
Photo: The Edwards family, featured in the film, in a photo taken in August 1977. Although the family is dressed in traditional Amish clothing, this was taken a few years before they became members of the Amish church.