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American Colony: Meet the Hutterites

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inside look at religious group has some swearing, alcohol.

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age 15+

Seem like nice folks, however, it also seems rehearsed and fake.......

The people in this show actually come off as having been rehearsed, but not very well. It leaves me wondering if it is scripted, using people who are certainly not actors. Leaves me very confused as to the fact that this group seems like it is just a normal group of folks, playing at being a "religious" group. They seem so fake, like bad actors. Also, I was left questioning why "Bertha" was "shunned" due to her son going to school and playing sports (REALLY??), yet she and her friend were "unshunned" as soon as their sons decided to quit school No meeting fromt he elders?? No having to go before the elders and have them reverse their "shunning"? hmmmm And then, on episode Number 5, Bertha's son is back in school, playing basketball again, and there is no discussion or worry about Bertha being shunned again? Rings so untrue. Doesnt make sense, seems very, very fake. :(

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The series introduces viewers to one of the oldest and least-known religious cultural groups in the United States, which, like the Amish and Mennonites, migrated to the United States from Europe after centuries of religious persecution. However, their unique adherence to communal living sets them apart, and requires them to share all their resources to support the colony. It also pressures them to move away from individual decisions that veer away from tradition and could negatively impact their overall way of life.

While there is some educational information here about Kings Colony and its specific beliefs and lifestyles, much of the focus is on the drama created by church elders and conservative members of the group upholding their rules and traditions, and the desire of others to live a more progressive lifestyle by allowing their children to go to a mainstream high school, play sports, or use cell phones and computers. There are times when certain conversations (and reactions to them) appear forced or preplanned in order to underscore this conflict. But overall, it is series that offers an interesting and voyeuristic glimpse into a world that most Americans know very little about.

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