Today I heard from the digital media manager at American Experience that a short video of several of my parts in the PBS documentary, "The Amish: Shunned" has gone live. Without further ado, here is the video:
At the same time, they also published Anna's video, which is here:
I would love to know what you all think about these two short videos. You can also go to the American Experience page to see them. If you are signed in to Facebook, you can also "like" the videos, if you want to.
One of the reasons I like "The Amish: Shunned" so much is because it is authentic. Callie Wiser really put out a quality film that I hope calls into question the "reality" of the shows put out by Hot Snakes Media like "Breaking Amish" and "The Amish Mafia." Whenever I speak somewhere, I inevitably have people asking me if those shows are "real" or referring to those films as something they learned about the Amish. Because of the misconceptions and lies these films and the numerous Amish fiction books that just inevitably get it wrong, perpetuate, I often feel like I am "breaking Amish myths." "The Amish: Shunned" is the antithesis of the films put out by Hot Snakes Media and it makes me feel a lot less like I am a lone voice in the wilderness in breaking these Amish myths.
I will be speaking at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont this Sunday at 2 PM. If you are anywhere near there on Sunday, please come and see us. We expect quite a crowd, so do come early to get a good seat.
I would like to thank all of you who have left me comments about the film and my new book, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds. Whenever you feel moved, I would very much love to see more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Believe it or not, we authors live for those reviews. Discovering each one is like receiving a present.
And speaking of Goodreads, do you know that you can have a chance at one of ten copies of Bonnet Strings? All you have to do is head on over to Goodreads and sign up. I'm really surprised not more people have signed up, which makes it even more likely that you will get a free copy. You only have until tomorrow, so if you want to sign up, you need to do it right away. You can go to Goodreads now.