With rare access to the notoriously private Amish community, this series follows five Amish teenagers traveling to Britain on an extraordinary cultural exchange.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Rumspringa (Pennsylvania German pronunciation: [rʊmˈʃprɪŋə]), also spelled Rumschpringe or Rumshpringa, is a rite of passage during adolescence, translated in English as “jumping/hopping around”, used in some Amish and Mennonite communities. The Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, intentionally segregate themselves from other communities as a part of their faith. For Amish youth, the Rumspringa normally begins around the age of 14 to 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church, or instead leaves the community. For Wenger Mennonites, Rumspringa occurs between ages 16 and 21. The majority choose baptism and remain in the church. Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John A. Hostetler's extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view it as a time for courtship and finding a spouse. A popular view exists by which the period is institutionalized as a rite of passage, and the usual behavioral restrictions are relaxed, so that Amish youth can acquire some experience and knowledge of the non-Amish world.
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Amish in the City was a series on United Paramount Network in 2004, where 5 Amish and 6 non-Amish youth lived together in the same house. Out of the 5 Amish, only 1 returned to the church to be baptized. An episode of the Fox detective series Bones (“The Plain in the Prodigy”) deals with human remains found scattered along a long stretch of railroad track. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and Seeley Booth determine by their forensic study of the skeletal human body parts that they are the remains of a young Amish boy on Rumspringa. In addition, they learn who murdered him and why. Cold Case season 5, episode 3 [entitled “Running Around”] is about the Rumspringa of a teenage Amish girl and a homicide. Longmire season 1, episode 2 (“The Dark Road”) is about the homicide of a teenage Mennonite girl who works secretly as a stripper during her Rumspringa. In Orange is the New Black season 3, episode 9 (“Where My Dreidel At”) tells Leanne's backstory and reveals that she committed a crime during Rumspringa, and the police offered her a bargain to stay out of jail if she'd go undercover with other Amish teens on Rumspringa and record their drug use and selling. She accepts the deal, but upon returning from Rumspringa to her community she is shunned for betraying other Amish teens to the police and is ultimately incarcerated for subsequent crimes. The Amish: World's Squarest Teenagers (2010) is a Channel 4 television documentary series which focuses on five young Amish who traveled to the UK during their Rumspringa as part of an arranged cultural exchange. In each episode the group stays with British families of varying socio-economic levels, living in turn on a South London Council Estate, the Kent countryside, and a Scottish hunting estate. During their visit, they are introduced to the diverse and unfamiliar, including sex shops, street dance, single mothers, stabbings, street violence, rock music, beach parties, game shooting, and polo. The first episode of the four-episode series broadcast on July 25, 2010. In the Rules of Engagement episode, Twice, an Amish youth experiences Rumspringa in New York with Russell Dunbar as his guide. In the final episode of the 3rd season of My Name is Earl, Earl has to custody a young Amish girl from the “Camdenite” community during her Rumspringa (“Camdenites”, Earl explains, were a small part of an Amish-like religious movement that founded a community near his hometown, Camden, after a small conflict with the rest of the movement). He does this as a way to compensate for how he and his brother years ago used to take advantage of the naivety of the girls in their period outside the community, with the unexpected consequence of leaving the community without any young ladies (since all the girls chose to abandon the Amish lifestyle after the experience). The second season episode of 2 Broke Girls, “And the Three Boys with Wood”, has Max and Caroline taking in two Amish boys on their Rumspringa and allowing them to build a stable for Caroline's horse, Chestnut. During the episode, one boy, Jebediah, grows fond of the non-Amish world while the other, Jacob, remains uptight and eventually returns home after being overwhelmed. One of the deaths in episode 32 of “1000 Ways to Die” (death #645) is the history of an Amish boy who attends a party during his Rumspringa and an excessive alcohol consumption ends up killing him due to a birth defect (his body doesn't produce Alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes) that passed unnoticed because of his religious customs. In episode nine of The Guest Book, an Amish boy on his Rumspringa is shown trying to find out what God wants him to do. He attempts to commit suicide multiple times to meet God and he falls in love with actresses and characters from old shows that appear on television. In New Girl season 6, episode 17 [entitled “Rumspringa”] Nick and Schmidt visits a Rumspringa to calm Schmidts nerves.
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