Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review: Leaving Amish Paradise

«Leaving Amish Paradise» is a follow-up on another documentary about the same amish community; «Trouble in Amish Paradise». In the original, the camera team followed a family that was on their way out of the church after they had been «shauned» or handed over to the devil as the amish believes. The reason was that they wanted to become evangelical-christians, and read the bible in english, which the amish church denies it members. Only an old translation in german is allowed.

The documentary is balanced, and gives another perspective on the amish church then you will often get through the media. They are not only a peaceloving group of people who like the old lifestyle; they too have complex problems and disagreements in their communties. This results in a solid 5 out of 6.

58 comments:

  1. I have always thought Amish to be silly for shunning technology, sometimes it is necessary to be reminded that despite their laughably backward ways, they are still people too

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  2. Looks pretty interesting, the first time I heard about the Amish people, was when I saw the village, and I was way younger xD

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  3. 5/6? It must be good.

    So it's nothing to do with the Weird Al song?

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  4. Sounds interesting... I may need to check this out.

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  5. I think that the life the amish lead is an interesting one, albeit strange, thanks for telling me about this documentary I'm sure it will be good

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  6. lol never really gave the amish a chance. might check it out

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  7. Nice review, will be checking out on the documentary soon

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  8. looks like a decent docu, thanks for the review

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  9. Saw trouble in amish paradise the other day, might give this one a try as well. Thanks for the review

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  10. i saw this and it was very good

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  11. Nice review, got my interest sparked. If i can find it ill have to check it out.

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  12. Sounds interesting will check it out.

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  13. Not sure if want... Stuff like that usually bores me.

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  14. amish people always confused me

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  15. Seems interesting enough, I'll check both of them out

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  16. So the amish life isn't as much of a simple life as we first thought? go figure.

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  17. Good review, can't wait for the next one.

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  18. great review. made me want to watch it!

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  19. nice review, cant believe these ppl are still around

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  20. I think I'm gonna check these out now.

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  21. Until this blog, I only knew about Amish people through Weird Al Yankovic's song "Amish Paradise".

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  22. Hm, all I know about the Amish is that they're a group slowly disappearing. At least, that's what I've been hearing.

    I will definitely give this a chance once I see 'Leaving Amish Paradise'.

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  23. I keep spendin' most my life, livin' in an Amish paradise!

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  24. I remember one Al Joankovic song named like this

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  25. I think I saw the first documentary a bit. It was actually pretty interesting.

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  26. Nice review. I always like a different perspective.

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  27. Will check it out, always interesting to see things from different perspectives

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  28. Sounds cool, the BBC did something like this a few months ago.

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  29. Seems like a pretty good doc, well reviewed as well :)

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  30. sounds pretty interesting, might gonna check it out

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  31. Nice review. I have always had respect for the Amish community. I will check this out. :)

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  32. I had never really heard of the amish until a documentary in the UK last year where they tried to convert them to a more "liberal" lifestyle. The kids clearly enjoyed themselves and I felt bad about how their parents forced them to live..

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  33. Never really new much about Amish culture until this. Thanks for the review.

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  34. 5 out of 6? Wow, thats a surprise.

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  35. Has Louis Theroux ever covered the Amish lifestyle? I'd like to see that, but I suppose it isn't a very controversial thing.

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  36. i see the amish driving minivans and going to walmart/mcds all the time whats up with that??

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  37. Good review, very interesting.

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  38. is that true that they speak german?

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  39. Looks interesting. Doesn't look like it's on netflix. Gonna have to find it somewhere to watch.

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  40. only thing about the amish i know is what Weird Al said in his song Amish Paradice .

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  41. I Think im gonna watch this one, interessting topic

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  42. Is this on Netflix? I'll admit that I would probably fall asleep watching it, but still an interesting find nonetheless!

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  43. Very interesting, I've been spending most my life living in an Amish paradise so relevant to my interest.

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  44. I could never really take the Amish seriously, due to Weird Al Yankovich's "Amish Paradise" Too funny!

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  45. looking for it!, looks really interesting.

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  46. Being Amish would be sooo hard.

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  47. Anyone else read the title and think of the song?

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  48. "Anyone else read the title and think of the song?"

    I sure did ;)

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  49. Alright. The concept is ok, even though basing an action like that over some BS is obsurd, it would make good watching material. Also whats with the rating system you use... x/6? why not 5 or ten?

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  50. I think amish girls are really attractive. Would love to hook up with one just once. Hair and all lol.

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  51. That hits my interest, will look for it

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  52. it's funny seeing amish people at walmart , doesn't seem fitting

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