EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY AMISH FAITH AND LIFE IN
American Experience: The Amish
DVD and Blu-ray Release on Same Day as Film's PBS Broadcast - February 28th
Arlington, Va. - January 19, 2012 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing American Experience: The Amish on DVD and Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of a year, the documentary answers many questions Americans have about this insular religious community. Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America for more than a century. American Experience: The Amish will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning February 28, 2012. The program has a running time of 120 minutes. The DVD SRP is $24.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $29.99.
An extraordinarily intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, American Experience: The Amish questions why and how the Amish, an insistently closed and communal culture, have thrived within one of the most open and individualistic societies on earth. This program also explores how despite their ingrained submissiveness, the Amish have successfully asserted themselves in resisting the encroachments of modern society and government, asks what our fascination with the Amish says about deep American values, and looks at what the future holds for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past. With unprecedented access to the Amish built on patience and hard-won trust, the film is the first to deeply penetrate and explore this profoundly attention-averse group and includes the first television interview with one of the parents of the murdered schoolgirls from the horrifying incident in 2006 where 10 young girls were shot by Charles Roberts, a 32-year-old milk truck driver.
About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Television's most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been hailed as "peerless" (Wall Street Journal), "the most consistently enriching program on television" (Chicago Tribune), and "a beacon of intelligence and purpose" (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 14 George Foster Peabody Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 30 Emmy Awards, including, most recently, Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Freedom Riders.
Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional funding for The Amish is provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally. Jointly owned by PBS (Arlington, VA) and WGBH (Boston, MA), PBS Distribution extends the reach of public television programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.
PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns's films (Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Baseball, Jazz), documentaries from award-winning series NOVA (The Elegant Universe, Origins), FRONTLINE (God in America, Bush's War, Growing Up Online), and American Experience (Freedom Riders, We Shall Remain), dramas from Masterpiece (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, Inspector Lewis), films from independent producers (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, The Buddha, The Story of India, Carrier, Journey into Buddhism, I.O.U.S.A.), and popular children's programming from Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, WordGirl, Cyberchase, Martha Speaks, and Arthur. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS- branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including the internet, mobile, and web-connected television.
American Experience: The Amish
Street Date: February 28, 2012
Run Time: 120 Minutes on 1 Disc
SRP: DVD, $24.99 and Blu-ray, $29.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
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