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The Amish: Shunned

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What is gained and lost when community and tradition are exchanged for individuality and freedom? Whether out in the world for weeks or decades, the former Amish featured in the film struggle to create a new sense of community. Interwoven with their stories are the voices of staunchly loyal Amish who explain the importance of obedience and the heartbreak they feel when a loved one falls away.

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"We Had No Idea"

"We Had No Idea"

Paul's parents became Amish when he was a boy. He was shunned as an adult. "We had no idea what it meant to...

"Never to Come Back"

"Never to Come Back"

"The last time I left, the seventh time, I knew I would never, ever return that day. Cried like a baby. Tri...

"It was Pretty Awesome"

"It was Pretty Awesome"

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"The Good Kid"

"The Good Kid"

"In the dominant culture of America, I would have been the good kid -- putting myself through college and w...

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