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An Amish man

11 minutes

A rare, nuanced glimpse into modern Amish life — faith, simplicity, compromise

The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships of Swiss Anabaptist origins who live almost exclusively in small pockets of the Northeastern and Midwestern US. Amish communities adhere to a creed of simplicity in lifestyle and dress, historically declining many of the conveniences of modern technology in favour of doing things in the manner of their forebears. In An Amish Man, the director Philip Bloom offers a complex picture of modern Amish life – an existence very much governed by devout faith and simplicity, but also, increasingly, compromise.

Director: Philip Bloom

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