American Experience Documents Struggle of Shunned Amish

Airdate: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
Filmed over the course of twelve months, The Amish: Shunned follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States.  The two-hour American Experience special airs Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED.

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.

American Experience earlier explored the Amish in another two-hour special that recently aired on KUED leading up to The Shunned.  The acclaimed intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, The Amish, examined how a closed and communal culture has thrived in modern America.