Meet the Amish

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS One The iso­la­tion­ist Chris­tian group known as the Amish have fig­ured in pop­u­lar cul­ture and films such as Peter Weir’s 1985 drama Wit­ness and in episodes of ev­ery­thing from The Simp­sons to Grey’s Anatomy. Known for sim­ple liv­ing, dress­ing plain and a deep re­luc­tance to adopt con­ve­niences such as cars, tele­vi­sion and the in­ter­net, the young Amish peo­ple in this doc­u­men­tary seem to live in a cul­tural vac­uum. They’ve never heard of John Len­non, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe or, quite scan­dalously for Amer­i­cans, of JFK. In this four-part se­ries, five Amish teenagers — Jerry, An­drew, Leah, Becky and Leon — en­ter rum­springa, a tra­di­tional time when they can taste free­dom and ex­plore life out­side their closed so­ci­ety. But they’re not go­ing to head to San Fran­cisco or New York; they’re off to

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