First of all, I’d like to say that if you didn’t get the chance to watch the documentary ‘Breaking the Silence: My Amish Story’ when it posted live on Facebook, I highly encourage you to secure a copy for yourself or view the episodes on Amazon.
Wow! It was simply amazing. (Pun intended. ☺) I learned so much more about the Amish. Just when you think you know something…talk about fodder for an author’s mind. Even some former Amish folks were saying, “I had no idea it was like that in other Amish communities.” It just goes to show you the diversity even within the Amish culture.
You will not be disappointed in watching these. I still have yet to purchase my own copy, but I definitely plan to and will probably purchase an extra one for an upcoming giveaway.
Being a part of this documentary was truly an honor. I felt like the Amish lifestyle was presented in an honest, factual way. The producers, who are formerly Amish themselves, paid homage to a very unique culture.
When you watch the documentary, pay special attention to the scenes where an Amish church service is depicted. Although it was a re-enactment, those in the video said that they felt like they were actually attending an Amish meeting. And they should know, since the majority of the participants were Amish at one point in their lives. They came to our humble little farm in South Eastern Indiana from Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, New York, Wisconsin, and Michigan, if I recall correctly.
Since most of the participants were formerly Amish, they didn’t need to be coached like actors would have. Everything just sort of flowed naturally because it was truly authentic. Just one example is the Amish men standing in a semi-circle and chatting before meeting. To those of us who didn’t grow up Amish, we probably wouldn’t think much of that. But for someone who was born and raised in the Amish culture, that would be something very familiar to them. It’s little details like this that make this documentary so special.
I noticed that several of the participants still currently hold on to some aspects of their Amish upbringing. Many were dressed Plain and wore head coverings although they were no longer Amish.
For the scenes depicted in our home, three days of setting up, costuming, and filming were required. While my hubby and two of my girls participated in the documentary, I preferred to be behind the camera than in front of it, being the introvert that I am (hence, these photos.) ☺
I have a bunch of photos, but I’ll only share a handful due to space. If you’d like to see the previous photos I posted, you can go back to part one by clicking on the previous posts button at the bottom. Maybe I’ll post a part three in this series with just photos so y’all can enjoy them. I don’t know about you, but I love looking at Amish-themed photos. I find them fascinating, much like reading Amish-themed books. ☺
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to voice them below and I’ll do my best to respond.
If you’d like to purchase your own copy of the documentary, you can get it at www.myamishstory.com or watch it on Amazon. Right now, they have a buy one get the second one half off deal on the website. The documentary comes on two DVDs containing six episodes, and I believe each episode is around an hour long. Please pray with me that this film will reach the hearts of Amish and Englisch alike!
To God be the glory!
Photos: Behind the scenes, Samuel and Polly (their story is on episode three ‘An Amish Romance’ and you won’t want to miss it), common books found in an Amish home, Emily and Brandi awaiting their Amish baptism (oh my!), my honey, inside house set up for meeting, the men before the service, women at mealtime, actual filming of buggy driving, young girls running.
I have so many more, I think I will do a part three with just photos!
(All photos Copyright © J. Spredemann)
By the goodness and grace of GOD, Readers’ Favorite GOLD & SILVER Medal Book Award Winner J.E.B. Spredemann, Author of the beloved Amish by Accident and Amish Secrets series, was born and raised in California and now resides in beautiful southern Indiana Amish country. Amish by Accident (by J. Spredemann) was first released in November 2012, and the author held a steady spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Authors in Religion & Spirituality, topping out at #4. Find J.E.B. on Facebook or visit jebspredemann.com.