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Answering Questions About 'The Amish'

This Tuesday take an extraordinarily intimate look at the life and faith of contemporary Amish in the American Experience documentary The Amish airing at 7 p.m. on tpt 2.

On October 2, 2006, a 32-year-old milk truck driver named Charles Roberts entered a one-room schoolhouse in the Amish community of Nickel Mines in Lancaster County, PA, and shot 10 young girls, killing five, before committing suicide as police officers stormed the school. Just hours after the shooting, Amish community members visited the gunman's family to offer forgiveness. These events horrified the nation for the senseless brutality of the shootings and left many questioning and haunted by the victims' startling response.

An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values?

With unprecedented access to the Amish, built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to deeply explore this profoundly attention-averse group.

Watch a preview of the documentary below, plus links with extra resources about the documentary. And be sure to watch The Amish: American Experience this Tuesday at 7 p.m. on tpt 2.

Top Ten FAQ About The Amish

Who's Amish & Who's Not

Photo Gallery: The Amish Today

Watch Amish Preview on PBS. See more from American Experience.

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