The Mennonites – a trip back in time | DW Documentary

The Mennonites – a trip back in time | DW Documentary

Like the Amish in the US, the Mennonite Christian community shuns the modern world. Most Mennonites live in secluded, self-sufficient colonies. We get a rare glimpse into the life of a devout and isolated community.

The Mennonites embrace isolation, which in their eyes helps protect them from the temptations of the modern world. At first glance, time seems to have stood still in the Mennonite colony in Belize, where people still travel by horse-drawn carriage and do without conveniences such as televisions and electricity. They still speak an old form of the German dialect Plattdeutsch. But modern life is slowly making inroads in Little Belize. Wilhelm, the community’s former doctor, was expelled for owning a mobile phone. Fearing that their community was being tainted, some more traditional members decided to found a new colony in a remote jungle in Peru, where they hope to live according to old customs and religious beliefs. For the first time ever, a camera team was granted access to one of Central and South America’s traditional Mennonite colonies.


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  1. i dont get it. the family moving to Peru are using pick up trucks, semi trucks, airplanes. all is modern technology. i thought they where all against that and wanted to move away to form a more conservative colony, WTFA HAHHAH

  2. Any religion objectively forcing children to learn what they them to learn and not have any choice is dangerous. The adults can do as they please but please leave the kids to learn what they want. The idea of the outside world making them turn away is extremely suspicious.

  3. 28:50 Fraulein, if there was smoke in the air, the airplane pilot would've announced an emergency landing and you would have to brace for impact with your dear life!

    Fräulein, wenn Rauch in der Luft wäre, hätte der Flugzeugpilot eine Notlandung angekündigt und Sie müssten sich auf den Aufprall auf Ihr liebes Leben einstellen!

  4. When I traveled to belize it was such a cool experience, I first met the Mennonites when they were selling watermelons on the sides of the roads. Not only was the watermelon delicious, they were such nice people!

  5. I always thought people that reject new technologies are weird until 2020. Now I understand how important it is to preserve your culture and be self sufficient.

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