Films

Documentaries

The Amish, DVD, directed by David Belton (2012; American Experience). [A documentary about contemporary Amish faith and life and how the Amish have thrived in North America; 120 min.]

The Amish: How They Survive, DVD, directed by Burton Buller (2005; Buller Films LLC). [A documentary focusing on the Amish of Holmes County, Ohio; 49 min.]

The Amish: Back Roads to Heaven, DVD, directed by Burton Buller (2007; Buller Films LLC) [A documentary focusing on the Amish of Lancaster County, Pa.; 45 min.]

The Amish: A People of Preservation, DVD, PBS documentary (1996; Heritage Productions) [A documentary about the Amish of Lancaster County; 56 min.]

Interpretative films

Amish Grace, DVD, directed by Gregg Champion (2010; Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment) [Based on Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy; 88 min.]

The Radicals, DVD, directed by Raul V. Carrera (1990; SIBRO Films, 2004) [A powerful portrayal of the early Anabaptists in the sixteenth century; 99 min.]

Witness, DVD, directed by Peter Weir (1985; Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures) [A big city cop on the lam hides out on an Amish farm, where he and a young widow are attracted to each other; 112 min.]

About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture. Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information is updated periodically.

For more in-depth discussion about the Amish:
The Amish book cover

Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback, 2018)

Recent books

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies publishes innovative and creative scholarship. The latest volume in the series explores the Amish relationship with the environment:
Nature and the Environment in Amish Life book cover
Authors: David McConnell and Marilyn Loveless (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)