The Mennonites – A trip back in time

Apr 29, 2023 | Social, Videos

A fascinating insight into a rarely seen world: a devout and highly traditional Mennonite Christian community. Embracing a life of isolation in order to protect themselves from the corrupting influences of the modern world, most Mennonites live in secluded, self-sufficient colonies where life is firmly rooted in old customs and religious beliefs. This documentary offers a unique chance to explore one of Central and South America’s most traditional Mennonite colonies and witness how their way of life has remained unchanged for generations.

Amidst this idyllic setting, we discover a community where horse-drawn carriages outnumber cars, and no TV or electricity exists. We’ll hear firsthand from the Mennonites themselves, in Plattdeutsch, an old German dialect, and gain insights into how they view their place in the modern world. But the challenge of maintaining tradition in a fast-changing world is omnipresent, and we see firsthand how this has led to tensions and divisions within the community. Despite this, the Mennonites continue to enthrall with their enduring commitment to preserving their way of life, while Western audiences marvel at a way of living that stands in stark contrast to modern life.

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