Devil's Playground

Devil's Playground

DVD - 2002
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Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of rumspringa which is a period in a teenager's life during which they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life. This is so that they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church at adulthood. Follows four teenagers in their time of discovery.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by Genius Entertainment, 2002, c2001.
Edition: Full screen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (77 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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wiredonjava
Dec 24, 2013

Sad, but the Amish are not immune to the corruption of this world. A real eye opener to the risk parents take actively allowing their kids to make their own choices. Freedom may be overrated if poor choices are taken.

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ausnos
May 24, 2012

I found this to be a very educational and eye-opening documentary. It was fascinating to learn that the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish people do this thing called "Rumspringa", allowing the teenagers to experience outside of Amish life and have a choice to become Amish or not. I was intrigued by the candidness and how some of these teenagers came about their choices, and what they did when they were on Rumspringa. It was also sad to see how their community can shun them if they choose to flee the Amish way of life once they've chosen to devote themselves to it.

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Michael
May 26, 2011

Wow! After seeing this movie, I bet the Amish widow, Rachel, played by Kelly McGillis in the 1985 movie WITNESS, wished she'd met Harrison Ford's memorable Philidelphia cop character John Book during her 'rumspringa' - a period in the lives of Amish youth in which, beginning at the age of 16, they come to decide whether to remain in or leave their community and faith. DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND documents several Pennsylvania Dutch Amish youth sampling life outside of the Amish community. Unlike their horse-and-buggy wheeling elders, these teenagers drive cars, wear modern clothes and cut and style their hair in more fashionable styles, get jobs, have romantic and sexual relationships, and some experiment with tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Pretty heady stuff to observe, for an outsider like me who always thought that the Amish customs and lifestyle were transfixed in their followers from birth, and there was no reprieve from it, save excommunication. It was worth the time to learn something new! (Inter-library loan - Toronto Public Library)

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sstpierre
Mar 29, 2010

Very interesting documentary! I originally heard about this from the podcast "Stuff you should know" where I first heard of Rumshpringa. I thought it very insightful.

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