Devil's Playground

Devil's Playground

  • USA
  • 72
  • STC
  • Lucy Walker

At the age of 16, Amish teens are released from the community to experiment and experience everything that is normally forbidden to them. After a 2-4 year period, they are expected to return as adults to the church and commit to the Amish way of life. Filmmaker Lucy Walker offers us a rare and intimate look at this private community, following several teens through their period of experimentation known as “rumspringa.” Their activities range from innocuous pleasures like cutting their hair, wearing jeans, and rocking out, to those more taboo, like drinking, selling and using drugs, and having sex. Focusing on the teens’ struggles, this gripping film juxtaposes their turmoil with serene images of Amish fields and farms. Ultimately, the film questions the wisdom of unleashing the 21st century onto kids whose upbringing is still firmly grounded in the 1700s. Shannon Abel.

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